Employment Law

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Fighting for a bonus after being terminated

Norman Grosman| Jul 8, 2014 08:56 pm


Can my former employer deny me my bonus for the year because they fired me before it was paid out? I worked the year and believe I am entitled to it.



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Can employment contracts be verbal?

Norman Grosman| Jun 12, 2014 08:03 am


One user writes in to ask if a spoken agreement between a candidate and an employer can be considered legally binding. Our employment lawyer, Norman Grosman weighs in.



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How the Canadian police record you didn’t know you had could be costing you job opportunities

Kevin Makra| May 22, 2014 03:08 pm


A new report from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has put a spotlight on police background checks and how they’re being used “unfairly” in screening applicants.



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Can the flu be considered a 'disability'?

Can having the flu be considered a ‘disability’?

Norman Grosman| May 6, 2014 03:02 pm


When one woman’s contract was cancelled because she missed mandatory training due to a case of the flu, she filed a human rights violation complaint, claiming she was being discriminated against because of a disability. Here’s what happened.



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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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