Y’all Come Back Now, Hear?

By Robert Smithson 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. Chevalier had been employed about...

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Union Members Should Think Twice About Hiring Own Lawyer

By Robert Smithson 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...

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Probation Meant as an Opportunity to Demonstrate Skills

By Robert Smithson 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...

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Yahoo For Going Back to Work

By Robert Smithson In a news week in which B.C.’s Liberal Party committed suicide (again), Senator Mike Duffy proved that reading comprehension isn’t a requirement for journalists, and astronaut Chris Hadfield surely did something-or-other in outer space, it was an...

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Dear God: I Quit

By Robert Smithson Approximately 1.2 billion Catholics woke up this week to the news that Pope Benedict XVI has given two weeks’ notice of resignation. The Vatican Radio’s website reported the 85-year-old Pope said his health is the reason for...

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Workplace Drug Testing Being Tested Again

By Robert Smithson 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...

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Resolutions for Business in 2013

By Robert Smithson 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. The purpose of the phrase...

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Bangladesh Factory Fire Revives Century Old Memories

By Robert Smithson 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...

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