Rights and labour standards

Rights and labour standards

Under What Circumstances Can an Employer Hire a Private Detective?

If he suspects an employee of cheating on salary insurance, can an employer hire a private detective to conduct shadowing? What are the limits of the worker’s right to privacy? Some explanations. Employee fraud costs companies 5% of their revenue, according to the 2018 report from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The use of […]


Rights and labour standards

A permit to be required for recruitment agencies?

To prevent “delinquent” agencies from exploiting vulnerable workers, the Couillard government wants to impose, in its bill on revising labour standards, the requirement for all recruitment agencies to obtain a permit. Some explanations. At this stage of the bill, its difficult to know what the concrete provisions will be. Without giving much detail, the Couillard […]


Rights and labour standards

Recasting of Labour Standards – What Will Change for You?

The Minister of Labour, Dominique Vien, on March 20, 2018, tabled in the National Assembly her reform of the Labour Standards Act, applying to both unionized and non-unionized workers.  The last significant changes to Bill 76, adopted in 1979, date back to 2002. Some forty employer and union groups, as well as community groups, were […]


Pay and benefits, Rights and labour standards

Gender Pay Gap Remains in Canada

At a time when the government is announcing a bill on pay equity to reduce the gaps between the genders, what is clear is that in fact equality in this area is still far from being achieved. 35% to 44% less for women on hourly wages and bonuses 64% to 72% lower at the Royal […]


Rights and labour standards

SME – Do you have a policy against harassment and violence?

According to a Léger survey in October 2017, close to one women out of two in Quebec have been sexually harassed, 40% of them at work. The recent public denunciations of sexual harassment have accentuated the need to combat this problem, especially in the professional environment. Under the recently-adopted Bill C-65, all employers are obliged […]


Rights and labour standards

How to Prevent and Manage Long-Term Absenteeism

An increase in disability cases, ageing workforce, multiplication of absences for mental health reasons… How to prevent and manage long-term absenteeism? Expert advice. The costs related to absenteeism and long-term absenteeism represent 20% of a company’s payroll, estimates Daniel Leduc, CRIA and lawyer in employment and labour law at Norton Rose Fulbright. “When a company […]


Rights and labour standards

Do your employees suffer from Friday-itis?

Have you heard about Friday-itis, the significant drop in motivation and concentration seen on Fridays among many workers who look forward to their weekend days off but a day in advance? Almost every employee has at some point experienced the need to legitimately take an unplanned day off for rest, for the sake of his […]


Rights and labour standards

Fired in an cavalier way? What happens next?

There are tons of stories of getting fired offhandedly. When this situation happens to us, we can ask ourselves what is our recourse and how far can businesses go. Exploring the issue. Regardless of individual or massive layoffs, it is always possible to do it by the book. But what are these concrete rules? Golden […]


Rights and labour standards

Legal framework for online pre-employment background checks

Pre-employment background checks. It’s tempting to check out candidates online. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google are full of public information available in just a few clicks. Élaine Léger and Karine Fournier, two labour lawyers with Fasken Martineau, note that the legal framework of such searches is the same as in the real world, however. Recruiters […]


Rights and labour standards

Ontario: New law to regulate HR functions

New law to regulate HR functions : Carried at its first reading in the Ontario legislature, the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act aims to increase the monitoring and control powers of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).  Bill 138, the new Ontario Act, repeals the preceding Act of 1990 and gives the Human Resources Professionals […]


Rights and labour standards

Is there racism in Canadian recruitment ?

Racism in Canadian recruitment. Have employers demonstrated racism in recruitment? It seems so according to a study published February 22 2006 by the Canadian Labour Congress. The author, Leslie Cheung, is a third year student in public policy at Simon Fraser University. “Lower incomes, higher unemployment and precarious work status are prevalent for visible minorities […]


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