Supreme Court of Canada recognizes new duty of honesty

Both sides in employment relationship should take heed to top court’s ruling on contracts
By Justin Tetreault
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/10/2014

On Nov. 14, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew, which recognized, for the first time, a general duty of honesty when performing a contract. This decision has significant ramifications for employers, employees, and the public at large, as this new duty applies to all contractual relationships.

Harish Bhasin and Larry Hrynew both operated businesses which sold education savings plans for Canadian American Financial Corp. (Can-Am).