June 2009

June 2009

  • Employment Insurance Appeal: A worker left Ontario believing that he would find employment in Alberta’s oil industry. When he realized that there were no jobs, he returned to Ontario and sought employment insurance benefits. When he applied for benefits, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) denied his claim. With Ron Franklin’s support and representation, he appealed HRSDC’s decision at the Board of Referees and won.
  • Ontario Court of Appeal: Ron Franklin was part of a team of lawyers who represented a large group of workers who were deprived of close to $1,000,000 in termination pay and severance pay they were entitled to when their employer filed for bankruptcy. The case was heard at the Ontario Court of Appeal and boiled down to the question of whether or not the employees could rely on section 4 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to make other companies that were related to the bankrupt company liable for the termination and severance pay they were owed. Unfortunately, the Court of Appeal was not persuaded by the arguments made on behalf of these courageous and deserving employees.
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  • Ron Franklin questions whether workers’ compensation legislation actually meets the needs of workers it was enacted to protect.
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