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The legal pitfalls of firing an employee

Firing an employee can be one of the most awkward and mentally challenging duties an HR leader has to perform. And, whilst it’s important to keep a clear head during the process, it’s also essential that you remember to empathize with the employee on the other side of the table.

Whitten and Lublin

October 2, 2018

Whitten and Lublin

October 2, 2018

Ex-Trump aide unleashes tape of White House dismissal

A former aide of US President Donald Trump has come forward with claims that she secretly recorded conversations at the White House, including one leading up to her own dismissal. Omarosa Manigault Newman, who first came into the public eye after her stint on Trump’s reality TV contest ‘The Apprentice,’ was fired as special assistant to the president in December.

Whitten and Lublin

September 4, 2018

Why employers plant severance terms into employment agreements

Fifteen years ago, only around 25 per cent of employees in Canada had a written employment contract with defined severance terms. Now, that statistic is inverted. Why have employers moved toward drafting specific severance terms into employment agreements? Because in almost every case, these clauses serve to reduce the severance payouts made to former employees.

Whitten and Lublin

September 4, 2018

Outward Bound Canada is breaking Ontario labour laws, former instructor alleges | CBC News

A former instructor for Outward Bound Canada alleges the registered charity is breaking Ontario labour laws by failing to pay minimum wage, overtime and schedule breaks for employees. Alex Haney, who worked for Outward Bound Canada in Toronto for two years, says he and other instructors were regularly putting in over 100 hours a week guiding overnight camping trips in the Greater Toronto Area.

Whitten and Lublin

July 31, 2018

Whitten and Lublin

July 3, 2018

Toronto company criticized for job ad saying ‘men are preferred’ for 25-pound lifting

A Toronto coffee company is facing backlash online after it posted an employment ad stating it preferred men over women because they would be lifting heavy packages. Saint Jimmy’s Coffee, which distributes coffee to various corner stores and offices around Toronto, posted the ad on employment website Indeed last week, saying that a successful applicant would “need to be able to lift 22-25 lbs minimum, so men are preferred for this position.”

Whitten and Lublin

July 3, 2018

Secretly recording workplace conversations can be helpful, hurtful – The Lawyer’s Daily

With the prevalence of smartphone technology in the workplace, mobile devices are commonly used as a tool to collect and preserve evidence in workplace disputes. Audio recordings are generally the most reliable evidence documenting contentious events in the workplace. They accurately and neutrally capture parties’ communications, their tone and demeanour in a way that handwritten notes, e-mails or verbal testimony cannot.

Whitten and Lublin

July 3, 2018

Should HR allow employees to secretly record meetings?

We live a tech-savvy world, where everything is attainable at the click of a button. But with this privilege comes penchant for sneakiness, as employers and employee alike seek to use emerging tech to prove discrimination and bullying in the workplace.

Whitten and Lublin

July 3, 2018

Whitten and Lublin

June 1, 2018

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