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Hamilton Employment Law

Ed Canning has been practicing exclusively in the areas of employment law and human rights for 23 years in the City of Hamilton, representing both employers and employees. For 20 years, he has been writing a bi-weekly column in The Hamilton Spectator on employment law and human rights issues that are of interest to both employers and employees. In this blog, you can have access to approximately 500 articles on various subject matters ranging from Employment Standards Act issues, wrongful dismissal issues to human rights issues.

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Can my employer ask me to take a lie detector test?

QUESTION: Recently a significant amount of cash went missing from the retail store where I work. Corporate head office has sent in investigators and they are asking us if we would “voluntarily” be willing to take a lie detector test. I am innocent but the thought of taking some sort of lie detector test gives me the creeps. Do I have to?
 

Can my employer ask me to take a lie detector test?

QUESTION: Recently a significant amount of cash went missing from the retail store where I work. Corporate head office has sent in investigators and they are asking us if we would “voluntarily” be willing to take a lie detector test. I am innocent but the thought of taking some sort of lie detector test gives me the creeps. Do I have to?
 

There is help available to deal with trans gender issue

Barbara Findlay wrote, “The notion that there are two and only two genders is one of the most basic ideas of our binary, Western way of thinking. Transgender people challenge our very understanding of the world. And we make them pay the cost of our confusion by their suffering.”

There is help available to deal with trans gender issue

Barbara Findlay wrote, “The notion that there are two and only two genders is one of the most basic ideas of our binary, Western way of thinking. Transgender people challenge our very understanding of the world. And we make them pay the cost of our confusion by their suffering.”

Good advice: never quit, wait to be fired. You get more.

Carrie worked as a bus driver in Alberta. She developed what is called “environmental urticaria”. This meant that exposure to fumes such as diesel fumes or perfumes caused hives, flushing, discomfort and facial swelling. In order to treat these symptoms she had to take antihistamines but the antihistamines caused drowsiness. Nobody likes a drowsy bus driver.

Good advice: never quit, wait to be fired. You get more.

Carrie worked as a bus driver in Alberta. She developed what is called “environmental urticaria”. This meant that exposure to fumes such as diesel fumes or perfumes caused hives, flushing, discomfort and facial swelling. In order to treat these symptoms she had to take antihistamines but the antihistamines caused drowsiness. Nobody likes a drowsy bus driver.

Who is an employee: the definition is changing

With more and more people working from home, consulting or freelancing, who is and is not an employee in the eyes of the law is becoming an increasingly complex question.

Who is an employee: the definition is changing

With more and more people working from home, consulting or freelancing, who is and is not an employee in the eyes of the law is becoming an increasingly complex question.

After-acquired just cause means no notice or severance

If you are going to spend money to hire a lawyer to represent you after a termination, be sure to tell them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time and theirs.

After-acquired just cause means no notice or severance

If you are going to spend money to hire a lawyer to represent you after a termination, be sure to tell them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time and theirs.