Performance management is not “harassment”!
Words are important. Words like “bullying” and “harassment” are especially important because they refer to improper conduct which can result in negative legal consequences. But too often, employees don’t understand the legal definition of these words. Today, I’m particularly annoyed by em…Continue reading the post titled Performance management is not “harassment”!
Ontario’s Court of Appeal Certifies Class Actions Questioning Overtime Policies
It turns out CIBC and Scotiabank will be required to defend their overtime policies against class actions by employees, according to the Court of Appeal. The banks had successfully defended certification motions in the lower courts on the grounds that the issues were not “common” enough amon…Continue reading the post titled Ontario’s Court of Appeal Certifies Class Actions Questioning Overtime Policies
Minimizing Liability Now That The 24-Month Cap on Reasonable Notice Is In Question
Although we often tell clients that determining the reasonable notice period in any given situation is more art than science, one thing we’ve felt confident about is the 24-month cap – unless there are exceptional circumstances, no matter how much seniority an employee has and no matter what…Continue reading the post titled Minimizing Liability Now That The 24-Month Cap on Reasonable Notice Is In Question
Don’t Forget to file your 2012 Customer Service Accessibility Report
Is your organization in the private or not-for-profit sector? Does it provide goods or services to the public or to third parties? Does it have 20 or more Ontario employees? If the answer is YES to all three questions, then your organization must file its 2012 Customer Service Accessibility …Continue reading the post titled Don’t Forget to file your 2012 Customer Service Accessibility Report
Practical Tips for Conducting the Termination Meeting
So the decision has been made to terminate an employee, and you are in charge of delivering the bad news. As difficult as that may be for you, it will undoubtedly be more difficult and uncomfortable for the employee. Below are a number of practical tips to reduce the stress, tension and p…Continue reading the post titled Practical Tips for Conducting the Termination Meeting
Now You Too Can Be An Employment Lawyer!
Or maybe not. But there is a new resource that is freely available to anyone with access to the internet which provides interesting reading for anyone with an interest in employment law. CanLII (it’s short for the “Canadian Legal Information Institute”) maintains a searchable database of ca…Continue reading the post titled Now You Too Can Be An Employment Lawyer!
The Latest on Overtime Class Actions
There has been lots of press coverage respecting a number of class actions by employees who claim that they have been improperly denied overtime pay. The reality is that actions by individual employees are unlikely to be commenced as the legal fees relative to the potential recovery make su…Continue reading the post titled The Latest on Overtime Class Actions
State of the Unions
In the wake of belt-tightening budgets from government and a growing sense that labour relations are entering a more difficult period in both the public and private sectors, an article in last weekend’s Globe and Mail by John Allemang makes for interesting reading – whether your organization…Continue reading the post titled State of the Unions
Temporary Layoffs – Another Lesson for Unwary Employers
In July 2011, I posted a blog on Temporary Layoffs – A Lesson for Unwary Employers. Since then, on December 23, 2011, the Ontario Court of Appeal released an important decision dealing with temporary layoffs. This decision can be found at Elsegood v. Cambridge Spring Service (2001) Ltd. Th…Continue reading the post titled Temporary Layoffs – Another Lesson for Unwary Employers
Mind the Gap! – WSIB Coverage for Executives
There are lots of employers in Ontario who have decided to exclude their executives from WSIB coveragein order to reduce those expensive premiums. The cost-savings can be significant but it is vital to ensure that you have the correct insurance coverage in place to pick up the slack. A recen…Continue reading the post titled Mind the Gap! – WSIB Coverage for Executives