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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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Banks are Federally regulated. Do you know your rights?

People who work for federally regulated companies have some rights that are similar to unionized workers without having to pay the union dues.  Banks are federally regulated.
 

Sexual harassment at the office Christmas party

Please remember what you read here today after you’ve had a few drinks at your office Christmas party. It might save you your job. First, just because office Christmas parties take place after hours, it’s still considered to be in the context of your employment and your dirty dancing can lead to no pay cheque. And before you start sending risk� text messages to your colleagues who were at the party on your way home as you are sliding off your seat in the cab, think of Joe’s story.

Sexual harassment at the office Christmas party

Please remember what you read here today after you’ve had a few drinks at your office Christmas party. It might save you your job. First, just because office Christmas parties take place after hours, it’s still considered to be in the context of your employment and your dirty dancing can lead to no pay cheque. And before you start sending risk� text messages to your colleagues who were at the party on your way home as you are sliding off your seat in the cab, think of Joe’s story.

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.
 

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?