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Human Resources

Beware: using one month notice per year of service 'rule of thumb'

One of the questions at the forefront of many employers' minds when they are considering terminating an employee without cause is how much it is going to cost. Unless there is a written employment contract with an express termination clause, an employer's obligation is to provide reasonable notice of termination.

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HRinfodesk

Pay cut without consideration prevails...

When a workers' compensation claim management company terminated a senior executive for cause, it left the employee without severance, avoided paying money it owed him, and refused to pay for company shares it had granted him. The employee claimed wrongful dismissal and sought reasonable notice of 13 months, as well as all moneys owing to him. Ontario's Superior Court found in favour of the employee for the most part, but for one not-so-small matter.

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Internal controls

Employee rights to access information in personnel & payroll files

In Canada, employees have the right to access information in their personnel and payroll files, provided that it does not interfere with another employee's privacy rights. Statutory requirements as to the confidentiality and privacy of employee information are slowly spreading...

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