Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with Statistics Canada 2013 study on hours worked and labour productivity; Bardal factors; and, the award of punitive damages for failure to investigate workplace harassment.
Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with reasonable notice of termination and the definition of salary or wages under the Income Tax Act.
I am frequently asked by employer clients to describe what type of conduct by an employee will be held by the courts to qualify as cause for dismissal. Employers are often frustrated by the answer they receive – that it seems that nothing less than stealing money from the company will suffice. In the case of long time employees without prior instances of misconduct, theft may still be insufficient. A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court has fortunately clarified the circumstances in which courts will find cause for dismissal as a result of dishonesty. What is striking about the decision is the reliance of the judge on a seemingly insignificant act committed by a nineteen year employee.