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Is Queen Elizabeth the ultimate long-term employee?

Imagine you had an employee that performed her job duties impeccably, remained utterly loyal to your organization, never brought personal “drama” to the workplace, and was willing to stay in the same position without complaint for over 60 years. Sounds like a dream employee, doesn’t it?

 

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Misconceptions of a probationary period can expose employer to liability

Most people assume that they know what a probationary period is and how it works in Canada. Unfortunately, however, there are many misconceptions with respect to the law in this regard, and many employers unknowingly expose themselves to significant liability when they hire new employees.

 

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OLRB dismisses constructive dismissal and allegation of anti-muslim bias

religious discrimination

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) recently cautioned individuals not to make serious allegations of religious discrimination and harassment if they don’t have the proof or the evidence to back up the allegations. In The Brick Warehouse LP v. Awan (2012) CanLii 63787, the OLRB varied an Order to Pay issued by an Employment Standards Officer under the Employment Standards Act, for termination amounts owing.

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles in this week HRinfodesk newsletter deals with assessing a probationary employee, dismissing an employee based on a serious misconduct and the upcoming workplace mental health standard…

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

Gender identity and access to women’s washroom facilities Would it be discriminatory to prohibit a pre-operative, male-to-female transsexual from entering a women’s washroom? The answer should be of interest to any employer or business offering services or accommodation to the public. (In PDF) Performance review must take into consideration a person’s disability An employer discriminated […]

 

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When is incompetence cause for dismissal?

If establishing just cause for dismissal is considered to be a difficult task, then doing so on the basis of incompetence might be seen as almost impossible. It is certainly among the toughest of grounds to establish, particularly since it does not involve “misconduct.”

 

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Knowledge of disability triggers employer’s duty to accommodate

A recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal case offers a clear message to employees: you have to make your employer aware of a disability if you want to trigger the employer’s duty to accommodate.

 

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Don’t push the employees – Court of Appeal deals with damages in a wrongful dismissal claim

The scope of damages available in wrongful dismissal claims has been steadily widening over the past decade. However, in a decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, released on May 28, 2010, the Court reversed this trend by rejecting tort liability of an employer for intentional infliction of mental suffering arising from a dismissal.

 

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The importance of fact-checking résumés

As the competition for jobs increases during these tough economic times, many job applicants are tempted to bend the truth by embellishing or omitting information on their résumés. That is why it is important to fact-check résumés…

 

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