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The Ontario government will introduce new legislation later in March 2022 that would require employers to tell their workers if and how they are being monitored electronically. If passed, Ontario would become the first province to require electronic monitoring policies forcing employers to be transparent on how employees’ use of computers, cell phones, GPS systems and …

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You may be a job seeker looking for a reference letter, or you may be an employer who was asked to draft a reference letter for someone. In either case, this helpful guide for reference letters in Canada will assist you in completing your reference letter.  What is a Reference Letter?  A reference letter is …

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Nepotism in the workplace Nepotism is defined as favouritism toward relatives or personal friends by those in power, who, because of their relationship rather than their abilities, receive special treatment (source). Nepotism is contrasted to “meritocracy”. Nepotism in the workplace is when someone is chosen for a job or given special treatment because of a …

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What Is A Wrongful Dismissal? A wrongful dismissal is simple; it is a termination in breach of the employment contract.  All employees have an employment contract even if there is no written agreement. Where there is no written contract, an implied employment contract is formed.  The most important part of an employment contract is the …

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Employers who have contracts with their employees that state explicitly that demotions are allowed, of course, are allowed to lawfully demote their employees in the circumstances prescribed by the contract. However, what happens in the case of employment relationships that do not contemplate demotions in an employment contract? After all, a demotion is a unilateral …

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What is severance? Severance means the same thing as “notice”, or “termination pay” or “reasonable notice”, so when we speak about severance, know that we are also talking about “notice”, or “termination pay” or “reasonable notice”. Severance, or “notice”, or “termination pay” or “reasonable notice”, all mean this: the amount of pay an employer must …

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What is a resignation letter? A resignation letter is a written notice to your employer that you are planning to leave your job on a specified date. Resignation letters are a form of professional courtesy so that your soon-to-be former employer has an opportunity to find a replacement. A formal resignation letter may also be …

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What is a non-disclosure agreement? A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a contractual term between an employer and an employee, generally to protect some form of the employer’s confidential information. NDAs are used whenever there are sensitive information or trade secrets that the employer does not want to be released to the public. An NDA may …

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There are many reasons to call a lawyer for employment law. Any workplace law issue can be consulted upon with a lawyer for employment law, but the most important ones are as follows: Termination A lawyer for employment helps employees who have been terminated from work by reviewing their severance package and then negotiating or …

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Workplace law is the legislation, common law, contracts and policies governing an employee and an employer. In other words, workplace law is the set of employment laws that apply specifically to employees and employers. Note that Employment Law is different than Labour Law. Employment Law is the law of non-unionized workplaces. Labour law is the …

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