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The Principle of Progressive Discipline: When Is It Necessary? When Can It Be Abandoned?

All too often, employees are punished by termination when they make a single mistake, their employer claiming a loss of confidence. There are instances wherein termination is warranted, but when are alternative options available? The Principle of Progressive Discipline mandates that alternative methods, if appropriate, should be explored before proceeding to termination. When is Progressive …

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Employment Contract Analysis

Contracts govern many aspects of our lives. They’re an important part of establishing security, whether you’re beginning a new job or taking out an insurance policy. All parties to a contract have a vested interest in ensuring that the contract being signed is fair, reasonable and protects their respective interests. So what makes a “good” …

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Termination Based On Disability

Suffering from a disability is painful enough. But what happens when you lose your job because of that disability and its effects? It’s best to consult a lawyer. Certain factors must be analyzed before it can be established that you have a claim. What counts as a disability? The Human Rights Code recognizes disability as …

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Society struggles to prevent sexual harassment in the future, punish perpetrators and compensate victims. Sexual harassment is a major workplace problem. Usually, the victims are women. Canadian laws have been slow to solve the issue, but recent Tribunal awards have aimed to punish companies and compensate victims by awarding between $12,000 and $50,000 in proven …

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Human Rights Hard Proof

Many times I have found that what initially seemed to be a simple layoff was actually, after further investigation, a human rights violation. Also, there can be ongoing human rights violations when persons are merely marginalized at work as opposed to being laid off. Human Rights laws have a major impact on both employees and …

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Performance Assessments

Employers are often unhappy with an employee’s performance, be it in not meeting sales targets, or not being as efficient as they could be, or any other work-related reasons. This is why companies choose to lay off most employees, work concerns. But if the concerns allow the employer to avoid paying notice is the key …

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