More and more employees are secretly recording workplace conversations. Although it is not a crime to secretly record a workplace conversation if you are a party to it, one judge recently concluded it is just cause for termination. This blog post discusses this case.
Can an employer rely on information they acquire after termination to allege that there was just cause for dismissal? Yes. Can an employer dismiss an employee for cause because they secretly recorded interactions at work? Yes.
Many employers have introduced mandatory COVID vaccine policies that will take effect this month. I am being asked two main questions in relation to the implementation of this kind of policy. The first issue is whether to grant exemptions to the policy for religious or medical reasons. An employer has an obligation to consider the request but can request additional information in connection with the request. The onus is on the employee to show the reason for not getting vaccinated is a sincerely, freely and deeply held belief that is integrally linked to a person’s identity, self-definition and fulfilment.