Dingwall left hanging in the wind

Sometimes, employment law makes big headlines. That was the case recently after an arbitrator handed down his ruling in the high-profile severance case involving David Dingwall, former president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint and a former MP who served as a cabinet minister under former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The arbitrator’s decision shows Dingwall was pressured by then Prime Minister Paul Martin to step down in the media firestorm that followed after some of his expenses as head of the Royal Canadian Mint became public.

But when all the talk of former PMs and MPs is stripped away, what’s left is a very relevant lesson for employers. Dingwall’s case boils down to one of constructive dismissal.

George Adams, the arbitrator in this case, began by posing two questions: Was Dingwall’s resignation voluntary or involuntary? And, if the resignation was involuntary, what was Dingwall owed in terms of compensation and damages?