Welcome to HRMT 322: Employment Law in Canada, a seven-unit, senior-level course that introduces you to Canadian individual employment law. This branch of law is concerned with rules that govern the relations between employers and employees, and applies primarily to non-unionized workers. Employment law includes rules developed and recognized by the common law, as well as the floor of rights normally provided by protective or prescriptive legislation. This course introduces you to such subject areas as identifying a contract of employment; creating and modifying the employment relationship; common-law obligations of employee and employer; employer’s statutory obligations to its employees; human rights legislation in the workplace; and termination of employment.
A. Khan, Historical roots of employment law
A thumbnail sketch of the historical background through which the employer-employee relationship evolved from its primitive roots in Europe. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file. Free download available at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html
Machtinger v. HOJ Industries Ltd.,  1 S.C.R. 986
This 1992 Supreme Court of Canada case decided that where an employee is dismissed without cause, it is incumbent on the employer to give “reasonable notice of termination,” irrespective of the specific contract of employment.