Making changes to someone’s terms of employment is always fraught with dangers for employers. Making those changes after persuading an employee to move their family is even more perilous.
The Ontario Human Rights Code addresses many of the injustices that happen in the workplace but not all of them.
QUESTION: I have been a salaried sales representative with my company for four years. Yesterday I got a letter telling me that as of the end of December, (3 months from now), I am going on straight commission with a whole new compensation plan. Do I have any rights here?
QUESTION: I am trying to return to work from a disability leave. I gave the employer a gradual return to work program provided by my doctor. They are telling me that I have to go and see their own doctor so they can get their own report. The release the doctor sent me does not limit what the company doctor can tell the employer about my personal medical situation. Do I have to sign it?
QUESTION: After five years of employment, last week my boss finally pushed me too far. For no apparent reason, he refused to allow me to take an extra vacation day on Thanksgiving weekend. It seemed like he was being petty to me and I told him I quit and went home. The next morning after I had cooled down I sent him an email telling him I didn’t really mean it and wanted to return to work. He said don’t bother. Now it looks like I get no severance and no Employment Insurance. Am I out of luck?
Stanley was a warehouse supervisor who had worked at his flooring outlet for seven years. Samantha worked at the same outlet but Stanley was not her supervisor.
When an employer claims they have just cause for the termination of someone’s employment, what they are really saying is that the employee did something so bad that they could be let go without any kind of a severance package
Samuel was a foreign-exchange student who had just completed his engineering degree in Canada. He knew there was a government program that would allow him to work full-time in Canada for up to three years.
Sometimes people can smell a termination of their employment coming and mentally prepare themselves. Sometimes it is a total shock which sends them spinning. That is what happened to Greg.