The Cost Of Terminating an Employee Who Has Recently Returned to Work Following a Pregnancy Leave

By , January 27, 2015 10:09 am

Pregnant employees have special rights under the Employment Standards Act and the Human Rights Code. And most judges are sympathetic to the problems that women face when they return to work following a pregnancy leave. A recent case is a good example of what not to do when an employee returns to work following a Continue Reading…

How to Prevent A Poisoned Work Environment: Navigating the Grey Zone

By , January 27, 2015 9:05 am

With the upsurge of technology, there is more opportunity for our interactions to be broadcast and misinterpreted. Many employees have cell phones and some employers and employees communicate via text message. In today’s workplace, the dynamic between employers and employees is also increasingly informal. Jokes are passed around. No hard feelings, right? Wrong. One “light-hearted” Continue Reading…

Yet Another Reason Not to Use Fixed-Term Contracts

By , January 23, 2015 10:33 am

I do not like fixed-term contracts. In my experience, a contract of indefinite employment with a termination clause is a better option for an employer in almost every situation. This blog summarizes a recent case which reinforces my negative views on fixed-term contracts. The Facts The employer entered into a one year fixed term contract with a Continue Reading…

Contractors and the Duty to Accommodate

By , January 16, 2015 3:05 pm

Does an Employer have a Duty to Accommodate a Disabled Independent Contractor or a Disabled Dependent Contractor? I recently fielded an interesting question. A human resources consultant was reviewing an employee manual for a client and asked whether the accommodation policy applied to a number of self-employed sales representatives who sold the employer’s services. The Continue Reading…

Severance Packages: Five Things Every Employer Should Know

By , January 13, 2015 8:58 am

Imagine yourself as a senior manager of a small business. Sales have decreased to a point where you have to make some staff cuts. One will be Marsha, an administrative assistant with over 25 years service, and the other is Kent, an expensive employee you hired just last year. How much will these terminations cost? Continue Reading…

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