The issue of whether termination clauses contained within employment agreements will be enforceable is one that routinely arises. As I have discussed on many occasions, many employers weaken their legal position by entering into a verbal agreement, or presenting an “offer letter”, and then subsequently asking their new employee to sign a far more detailed employment agreement that is designed solely for the benefit of the employer.
The three most viewed articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with the essential elements of an offer of employment letter; the changes regarding health and safety committees, representatives and training for federally regulated workplaces and changes to the online payroll deductions calculator for July 1, 2013.
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.