Eleanor Vaughan Quoted in Canadian HR Reporter Article About Recent Class Action Settlement
Canadian HR Reporter interviewed Hicks Morley’s Eleanor Vaughan for an article titled, “When small errors add up: Federal Court awards $817 million for class action benefits underpayment.”
In light of the recent decision Manuge v. Canada, Eleanor notes how payment errors and other employment-related issues can open employers up to risk and how class action liability in those cases can be significant. She also emphasizes how the misclassification of employees can result in expensive class action claims: “In those cases, plaintiffs will claim that the organization misclassified them as independent contractors when they were really employees. That is the kind of discussion that should be happening regularly between HR directors and employment counsel, the kind of thing that HR directors can be doing proactively to avoid this kind of risk down the road.”
Read more about the case and Eleanor’s insights in the full article.