October 16, 2002

Tracking employees Internet and e-mail use

Question: We are concerned that some of our employees may be using the Internet to visit non-work-related Web sites on company time. We would like to track Internet and e-mail use in order to determine whether these suspicions can be substantiated. Are there any legal issues we should be aware of with respect to privacy?…

October 16, 2002

Do employers have to provide a reference to departing staff?

Question: What obligations does an employer have to provide a reference to a departing employee? Answer: An employer has no legal obligation to provide a former employee with a reference, whether the employee resigned or was dismissed with or without cause. Nonetheless, a failure to provide a reference to a terminated employee may result in…

October 16, 2002

Human Rights – IQ Test

Human Rights IQ test: What can employers ask? Can you ask these questions in a job interview? Here is a list of questions to test your human rights IQ. Can you ask these questions in an interview? Although the answers discuss the Ontario situation, most Canadian provinces are consistent in the treatment of these issues….

October 16, 2002

Can an employee withdraw a resignation?

Question: We have had a number of problems with one of our employees but have not yet taken any steps to terminate her. Two days ago the employee left a letter of resignation on the desk of our HR manager, who was out of the office for the day. Before the HR manager had an…

October 16, 2002

Human Rights – IQ Test

Can you ask these questions in a job interview? Here is a list of questions to test your human rights IQ. Can you ask these questions in an interview? Although the answers discuss the Ontario situation, most Canadian provinces are consistent in the treatment of these issues. Hint: Focus on how the question will sound…

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