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BC Human Rights Tribunal supports transsexual’s termination

May 30, 2008 | Comments Off on BC Human Rights Tribunal supports transsexual’s termination

On May 27, 2008 the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruled in favour of BC Ferries with respect the the firing of transsexual employee, Deborah Magnone. Deborah, who was previously known as Marshall John Magnone, … Read More

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Law protects employers against unfair competition

May 16, 2008 | No Comments

Thinking of jumping ship to the competition?  You better think twice before taking your clients with you. Nothing infuriates a company more than news of an ex-employee soliciting away its most prized assets: the clients.  … Read More

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Employers can make mistakes too

May 7, 2008 | Comments Off on Employers can make mistakes too

Despite workplace laws favouring their legal position, management errors made in the administration of human resources can put a company’s name on the front page of a Statement of Claim. Here are 5 pivotal employment … Read More

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Tread lightly as an employee

May 7, 2008 | Comments Off on Tread lightly as an employee

In my previous item, I offered my five favorite employer errors. Here are my top five mistakes employees  make at work: Not reviewing an employment contract – Not many clients I encounter want their employer … Read More

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Think before you let your fingers do the talking

April 28, 2008 | No Comments

Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s), such as BlackBerrys, have grown in popularity. So much so, that employer’s are beginning to regulate the use of these devices at and even away from work. The reason: employees are … Read More

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PwC ponies up cash owed to workers for unpaid OT

April 24, 2008 | Comments Off on PwC ponies up cash owed to workers for unpaid OT

The world’s largest accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, announced it will pay retroactive overtime to its Canadian staff. The move will see current and former employees finally receive compensation for unpaid overtime worked. The payment structure … Read More

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Sales rep launches lawsuit after ‘team-building’ exercise at Utah company leaves him traumatized

April 15, 2008 | 2 Comments

In Canada, the doctrine of constructive dismisal applies, which states, among other things, that it is a implied term of the employment contract that employee’s will be treated with civility, decency, respect and dignity. The breach of this term, on an objective basis, may permit the employee the resign and then sue for wrongful dismissal damages, having been able to consider the employer’s actions as tantamount to dismissal
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Labour Law in China: A growing sector

April 11, 2008 | Comments Off on Labour Law in China: A growing sector

The National Post published an article today titled; China’s ‘barefoot’ labour lawyers. It describing the rise of "citizens’ agents", assisting some of China’s estimated 150 million migrant workers regarding their labour rights. The article claims … Read More

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Don’t be too quick to sign

March 26, 2008 | Comments Off on Don’t be too quick to sign

This is the cautionary tale of two cases that reveal the fate of employees too quick to sign their names… In Barr v. Pennzoil-Quaker State Canada Inc. the court ruled that the deal was less … Read More

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Anything goes with job contracts

March 13, 2008 | Comments Off on Anything goes with job contracts

Canadian employers often protest that workplace laws favor their employees. My view is otherwise. Most employees lack the necessary bargaining leverage or sophistication to renegotiate unfavorable contract language. Should confrontation ensue, a well-drafted employment contract … Read More

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