Employment Law


Employment Law Q&A: Can you sue the boss who’s out to get you?

Norman Grosman| Apr 8, 2014 09:52 am

A Workopolis user whose career has taken a hit because of a vindictive executive asks our employment lawyer if he can sue the boss who had it in for him. Here’s the legal opinion.

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What constitutes 'just cause' for termination?

What constitutes ‘just cause’ for termination, and what it means for you

Norman Grosman| Jan 20, 2014 01:52 pm

When an employer says it has ’cause’ to terminate your employment, make sure that you get the exact wording right. Legally speaking, there is a world of difference between ’cause’ and ‘just cause’ for termination.

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Three ways to lose your job

Three easy ways to lose your job with no compensation whatsoever

Norman Grosman| Jan 14, 2014 09:37 am

Think you’re entitled to severance or some sort of compensation if you suddenly lose your job? Maybe not. There are three fairly common circumstances where an employer has no obligation at all to provide any sort of a severance package to a departing staff member.

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How much right to privacy do employees have for their personal activities on work computers?

Norman Grosman| Jul 8, 2013 02:32 pm

When the case of a teacher who was found with inappropriate photos and a history of pornographic web searches on his school-issued laptop made it to the Supreme Court, the judges weighed in on what rights employees have on their work tools. Here’s what happened.

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Woman penalized $1000 for breaching confidentiality agreement in a Facebook post

Norman Grosman| May 30, 2013 10:05 am

A confidentiality clause is included in virtually every settlement agreement between employers and employees. There are legal consequences for breaching these, as one woman found out when she posted her settlement on Facebook. Before even leaving the courtroom.

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The hidden clauses concealed in job offers that can haunt you later

Norman Grosman| May 2, 2013 09:47 am

When you receive that job offer that you’ve been hoping for, be sure to read it carefully before signing on the dotted line. Increasingly, employers are stashing hidden clauses in your contract that can come back to bite you later.

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Woman fired for being ‘irresistibly attractive’

Peter Harris| Jan 4, 2013 12:41 pm

We’ve written in the past about the perils of being too attractive and how that can potentially get in the way of your landing a job. Well, a story that made headlines last week adds a new twist to the situation.

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Constructive dismissal: What happens if you’re hired to do a job but that job changes or disappears?

Renee Sylvestre-Williams| Dec 12, 2012 09:44 am

You’re hired for a particular role, you get a job description and you start working. Then, a few months later, the company changes direction and your role changes. What do you do?

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Disabled worker paid $1.25 per hour has viable human rights complaint

Norman Grosman| Nov 22, 2012 10:19 am

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has made the rare move of reconsidering its earlier judgement in the case of a disabled woman who was paid a small fraction of what her coworkers earned.

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Know your rights: How to protect your health and safety at work

Renee Sylvestre-Williams| Aug 30, 2012 11:09 am

We’ve all heard the workplace horror stories about unclean, unsafe or unsavory job conditions. What does the law say, and how can you protect yourself from dangerous work environments?

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