November 10, 2004

Downsizing due to economic hardship

Question: I run a small internet company in Ontario and have about 20 employees. The company is currently experiencing financial difficulties, and I am looking into the possibility of reducing some of my costs by terminating the employment of several junior employees. Would I be able to do so without running into any legal problems?…

July 21, 2004

Is employee dishonesty grounds for dismissal for cause?

Question: One of our employees continues to lie on his time sheets. Our company communicates both the procedure to log hours of work as well as the penalties for falsifying the time sheet entries. Is employee dishonesty grounds for dismissal for cause? Answer: The general principle of wrongful dismissal is that an employee is entitled…

June 9, 2004

Reasonable notice without an employment contract

Question: I’ve been working at the same job for nine years, but I never signed an employment contract. I was dismissed last week, and paid eight weeks’ salary in lieu of notice. I know that’s enough termination pay under the Employment Standards Act, 2000, but I’ve heard I may be entitled to more. Is that…

June 9, 2004

Can an employer terminate an employer before he starts working?

Question: Due to changes in the business, we no longer have a need for an employee who is supposed to start next week. We wish to terminate his employment before he starts. What do we do? Answer: Sometimes employers assume that because the employment has not started yet, their obligations to the employee have also…

May 26, 2004

Demeaning treatment

Question: My manager always belittles me and my work to my co-workers when I am not around. Is there anything I can do about this? Answer: The courts have found it is an implied term of all employment contracts that the employer will treat the employee with civility, decency, respect and dignity. In other words,…

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