Tag: "Robert Smithson"

Y’all Come Back Now, Hear?

The weird world of employment law sometimes compels employees to go back to work for the very employer which fired them. Recently, just such a case played out in the Ontario Superior Court.

Union Members Should Think Twice About Hiring Own Lawyer

Union members who are unhappy with the representation they’re being provided by their union will sometimes seek outside legal advice. In doing so, they should first understand the implications of taking that step and the limited role an outside lawyer may have.

Probation Meant as an Opportunity to Demonstrate Skills

I sometimes refer to the probation period as the Rodney Dangerfield of employment law (for those of you not old enough to know, that means it gets no respect). But few legal mechanisms can be more effective in getting employers out of employment relationships which seemingly have no future.

Yahoo For Going Back to Work

When Yahoo! issued a memo telling employees they’d be expected to work at the workplace rather than from home, a firestorm of commentary broke out.

Dear God: I Quit

Approximately 1.2 billion Catholics woke up this week to the news that Pope Benedict XVI has given two weeks’ notice of resignation. Benedict has given papal recognition to the legal premise that, like employers, employees must also give reasonable notice of their intention to terminate the employment relationship.

Workplace Drug Testing Being Tested Again

It seems that every few years a Canadian employer takes a run at the human rights-based rules preventing workplace drug and alcohol testing. This time, it’s Suncor Energy in Alberta and it seems they lost the first round of the battle.

Resolutions for Business in 2013

In the weeks before the end of 2012, I had been mulling over the phrase “do better” as a way of capturing a different approach to doing business for human resources staff. Just because you’ve always done things a certain way, and just because there will be obstacles in the path of doing them differently, is no reason not to make changes for the better.

Bangladesh Factory Fire Revives Century Old Memories

A recent fire in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh provided a reminder of a strikingly similar tragedy in New York City just over a hundred years ago. It also was a grim indicator of how far some, but not all, countries have come in protecting employees in the workplace.