Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith is the principal writer and editor of Canadian Employment Law Today and is also the employment law editor for Canadian HR Reporter. He has more than a decade of experience covering employment law issues and notable court decisions for these publications. Jeffrey’s areas of expertise include terminations, employment standards, constructive dismissal, and workplace human rights.

Jeffrey has maintained a blog discussing employment law issues since 2009 and hosts webinars on various topics featuring experts in the HR and legal professions. He also writes for Canadian Labour Reporter, summarizing recent arbitration decisions.

Jeffrey avidly follows several sports — and has dabbled in sports writing — and also enjoys sitting down with a good book.

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Absences of dismissed New Brunswick worker not 'excessive'

Absences of dismissed New Brunswick worker not 'excessive'

Employer adopted 'mechanistic' approach that didn't compare attendance with colleagues

32-year employee entitled to 18 months' notice: B.C. court

32-year employee entitled to 18 months' notice: B.C. court

'The character of the employment was heavily considered by the court in this case'

Collective agreement allows new federal statutory holiday to be added: B.C. arbitrator

Collective agreement allows new federal statutory holiday to be added: B.C. arbitrator

'This is the kind of open-ended contract language to which an employer should… not be agreeable'

Firing of museum employee 'unjust' after LTD claim rejected

Firing of museum employee 'unjust' after LTD claim rejected

Denial of benefits 'not conclusive as to whether or not an employer needs to accommodate that employee'

Legislative protection of health info doesn't apply to vax status: Board

Legislative protection of health info doesn't apply to vax status: Board

'A policy's request for proof of vaccination is not a breach in itself of the OHSA'

COVID-19 testing of workers reasonable alternative to vaccination: arbitrator

COVID-19 testing of workers reasonable alternative to vaccination: arbitrator

'We've seen employees who don't have any intent to comply wait until the last minute, and it's a challenge for employers'

Going all-in on diversity and inclusion

Going all-in on diversity and inclusion

Lawyer Tamara Napoleon to discuss challenges of DEI at Vancouver event

Hospital worker fired after not declaring COVID-19 symptoms

Hospital worker fired after not declaring COVID-19 symptoms

Ontario worker had persistent cough but didn't indicate it on daily form; later tested positive

Ontario employer's vaccination policy reasonable, says arbitrator

Ontario employer's vaccination policy reasonable, says arbitrator

Part of employer's operations was on land leased from federal government with its own mandate

B.C. worker fired over vaccine mandate

B.C. worker fired over vaccine mandate

Wrongful dismissal claim hinges on reasonableness of policy, accommodation argument