No one likes to lose a job, for whatever reasons. But when an employer fires an employee in Ontario, there are certain rules that must be followed, according to the Employment Standards Act. The law protects certain employee rights.
Random drug and alcohol tests in the workplace are usually against the law. In Ontario, human rights laws state that employers don't have the right to test for drugs or alcohol use just because an employee is suspect. It is against the worker's employee rights. The testing must have some connection to carrying out a job safely and in the right manner.
When an employee has a family member who is disabled, there may be times when his or her work life is affected because they're taking care of that person. It may be that an employer in Ontario may have to accommodate those employees as part of their employee rights. In fact, a Human Rights Adjudication Panel in the Northwest Territories set a precedent by siding with a mother in the case of her disabled son.
When the boss gets the boot, there may be all sorts of mixed feelings among staff. If employees had a good, cordial working relationship with their boss -- perhaps even a friendship -- how should they handle losing that relationship? Do workers in Ontario have employee rights when it comes to losing a manager?
People who have pets usually treat them like they're members of the family. So, when a pet dies, the sadness is palpable and the grieving process is real. When it comes to employee rights in Ontario, some organizations are flexible on bereavement time when it comes to family members, and that includes pets.
Minimum wage increases and extended holidays are just two of the things Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs intends to accomplish. Ontario workers' employee rights will be affected by the amendments to the province's Employment Standards Act (ESA) and Labour Relations Act (LRA). Many workers struggle to make ends meet, and the province is aiming to bring the playing field between employees and employers onto more level ground.
An arbitrator has recently released a decision that employers may not be answerable to laws governing workplace harassment. Specifically, Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act does not hold employers legally accountable for harassment and other violations of employee rights if they are perpetrated by other employees or managers within the company. This has profound implications for employees who experience harassment in the workplace.
Nondisparagement agreements, better known as NDAs, are fairly common in the business world. Ontario residents may have come across employment scenarios in which they have been asked to sign agreements that forbid them from discussing or speaking poorly of a company and its activities outside of the context of the business. Unfortunately, some experts in employee rights believe these agreements are quickly becoming a cover for abuses in the workplace.
A lawsuit has been filed against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, alleging sexist, racist and homophobic discrimination perpetrated by management. Five employees of the famed intelligence agency familiar to Ontario residents have come forward, accusing the organization of violating their employee rights. The case is currently being reviewed by a federal court, but so far, none of the allegations have been proved in a courtroom setting.
Several employees of the technology giant Tesla have alleged that serious workplace harassment is taking place in their offices and factories. Ontario residents know Tesla as the brainchild of millionaire tech specialist Elon Musk, who is on the cusp of releasing the latest version of his internationally-renowned electric car. However, allegations that Tesla management is ignoring employee rights by allowing and even enabling sexual harassment in Tesla workplaces is overshadowing the news.