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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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What happens with competing human rights issues

The Ontario Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in employment, accommodations, services and contracts, on the basis of gender among a number of other prohibited grounds of discrimination.
 

Ontario Health & Safety Act responsibilities and consequences

Mike was an assistant manager at a big box hardware store. He had been working there for four years.

Ontario Health & Safety Act responsibilities and consequences

Mike was an assistant manager at a big box hardware store. He had been working there for four years.

Fired for an innocent mistake? what about references?

QUESTION:  I worked for a retail outlet for just under three years and never received any significant criticisms of my performance. One day, I accidentally gave a customer a discount for which they did not qualify. It was not someone I knew. I received no personal benefit from this mistake whatsoever. My manager told me I was guilty of theft. I told him no money ended up in my pocket. He said if it wasn’t theft it was fraud. In any case, he fired me. The Ministry of Labour says they will collect the two weeks minimum termination pay and I know that having filed with them I cannot sue for more.  My concern is my future job prospects. This is the first job I ever had and I am afraid that if any potential employer calls him up, he is going to tell them I am a fraud artist. Is there anything I can do about this?
 

Fired for an innocent mistake? what about references?

QUESTION:  I worked for a retail outlet for just under three years and never received any significant criticisms of my performance. One day, I accidentally gave a customer a discount for which they did not qualify. It was not someone I knew. I received no personal benefit from this mistake whatsoever. My manager told me I was guilty of theft. I told him no money ended up in my pocket. He said if it wasn’t theft it was fraud. In any case, he fired me. The Ministry of Labour says they will collect the two weeks minimum termination pay and I know that having filed with them I cannot sue for more.  My concern is my future job prospects. This is the first job I ever had and I am afraid that if any potential employer calls him up, he is going to tell them I am a fraud artist. Is there anything I can do about this?
 

Go to Human Resources�.at your own risk

QUESTION:  My boss has been cheating on her expenses for a very long time. As her assistant, I see the meal claims go through alleging she had lunches with clients. I don’t attend these lunches but as her assistant, you would think that once in a while there would be a message or something confirming a lunch appointment. It’s not my job to approve these expenses or fill out the claim forms. It bothers me that she is bilking the system. Should I go to human resources and spill?
 

Go to Human Resources.at your own risk

QUESTION:  My boss has been cheating on her expenses for a very long time. As her assistant, I see the meal claims go through alleging she had lunches with clients. I don’t attend these lunches but as her assistant, you would think that once in a while there would be a message or something confirming a lunch appointment. It’s not my job to approve these expenses or fill out the claim forms. It bothers me that she is bilking the system. Should I go to human resources and spill?
 

Sick notes explained

Most employers will not ask you for a note from your doctor justifying a one or two day absent because of illness unless they think you are faking it. While they may have every right to ask for the note, whether or not they have the right to terminate you if you don’t provide it is quite a different matter.

Sick notes explained

Most employers will not ask you for a note from your doctor justifying a one or two day absent because of illness unless they think you are faking it. While they may have every right to ask for the note, whether or not they have the right to terminate you if you don’t provide it is quite a different matter.

Admitting mistakes could avoid just cause termination

A man we will call Jay got a job working for a car parts manufacturer when he was 22 years old. He started as a labourer. 23 years later he was a vice president with significant client responsibilities. He mostly used his car for work purposes but one day he decided to go and see a client in Alliston and took the employer’s truck from the yard without asking.