Rights and labour standards

Rights and labour standards

Law and the Ageing of the Population: New Challenges

Lawyers will be having to deal more and more with an elderly clientele. What impacts will the ageing of the population have on their practice? How can they best serve this population segment that is gaining in importance? We discuss it with an expert. “All subjects are likely to apply in a somewhat special way […]


Rights and labour standards

Investigating Psychological Harassment in the Workplace – Best Practices

More and more lawyers will be asked to investigate cases of psychological harassment at the workplace. What are the best practices in this area? “The norm is changing, and expectations in human relationships are also changing: behaviours may be better identified, recognized and reported more than before,” explains Élise Corriveau, CHRP and accredited mediator for […]


Rights and labour standards

Overhaul of the Canada Labour Code: Towards Better Protection of Part-Time Workers

The Canada Labour Code, dating from the 1960s, needs to be modernized. This is the finding of an extensive consultation carried out by the federal government with groups of workers, unions and private sector employers subject to federal regulation. An overhaul is therefore being prepared to adapt to the new realities of the world of […]


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 […]


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

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

Five little-known labour standards

Can my employer ask me to work on public holidays? Can I choose my own vacation weeks? Here are five little-known facts concerning labour standards. In what cases must an employer pay for work clothes? Jocelyne Cotnoir—lawyer and Assistant Director of Legal Affairs at the Commision des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de […]


Rights and labour standards

Sexual harassment at work: the many faces of abuse

Sexual harassment at work: the many faces of abuse Under the Act respecting labour standards in Quebec, sexual harassment is considered psychological harassment at work. This is defined as “[…] vexatious behaviour in the form of repeated conduct, verbal comments, actions or gestures that are hostile or unwanted, that affect the employee’s dignity or psychological or physical […]


Rights and labour standards

Personal e-mails at work : Employers rights

In Canada, case law considers office computers a production tool under the responsibility of employers, who therefore have the right of control over all employee files and e-mails. Other countries are still debating the issue, however. All Canadian companies can determine their own standards as regards privacy at work. In particular, management can forbid the use of computers for personal e-mails at work. In the event of […]


Rights and labour standards

Management rights or abusive management ?

There’s a very thin line between management rights and psychological harassment when it comes to leading a team effectively. How to be a good manager without stepping over the line? Many policies and laws require organizations to protect the victims of abuse. Employees who feel violated must have access to several forums that allow them to […]


Rights and labour standards

Labour standards : Five little-known facts

Can my employer ask me to work on public holidays? Can I choose my own vacation weeks? Here are five little-known facts concerning labour standards. In What Cases Must an Employer Pay for Work Clothes? Jocelyne Cotnoir—lawyer and Assistant Director of Legal Affairs at the Commision des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de […]


Rights and labour standards

Working without contract : Questions from all angles

Working without contract – What is a work contract? Are there risks related to working without an established contract? Does the law on labour standards protect all types of work? Let’s examine these questions from all angles. Working without contract “I understood that,” “It seemed to me,” “I ignored that,” are phrases, Jocelyne Cotnoir often […]


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