Most of us know that employers have the right to terminate an employee for cause at any time during the employment relationship. If an employer has cause to terminate an employee, the employer can do so immediately, without notice to the employee and without paying any severance. However, many lawsuits arise over the question of whether the employer, in fact, had cause to terminate the employee. (In PDF)
Since health and safety training is a critical element of risk management and workplace health and safety, the Canadian Standards Association has developed and published the first national occupational health and safety training standard, CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health and Safety Training. The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing a regulation to make health and safety awareness training mandatory for all workers and supervisors in Ontario effective in 2014, and this standard will become a valuable resource to help employers comply with their new training obligation.
In arbitration between a union and an employer regarding the union’s grievance of an employee’s termination, the Alberta Board of Arbitration upheld the employee’s termination for cause for chronic lateness and breach of trust.