What Employers Should Never Do, on the Employment Law Show with employment lawyer Lior Samfiru. Discover your workplace rights and learn everything you need to know about employment law in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta on Season 4 Episode 11 of the only employment law show on TV in Canada.
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0:00 – Intro
🔹 Fired for Calling in Sick, Not Finding Replacement – 2:00
I called in sick, and was told by my employer to find a coworker to take my shift. I was unable to do so. A few days later, I was called into a meeting and fired. Did my employer have a right to fire me over this? Was I wrongfully dismissed? If I call in sick to work, I am required to find a coworker to take my shift?
• More on finding a replacement when sick:
📞 CALL: Refused to Sign Contract with New Owner – 4:59
Caller from I have been working for the same company for 26 years without an employment contract. The owner is now passing the business on to his son, and wants me to sign an employment contract, which I refused to do. Now they are making my job and life extremely difficult. Where do I stand?
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📱 Fired For Cause After Being Late For Work – 9:09
I was recently terminated for cause after arriving late for work. In the 18 months I’ve been working there, I have never been late before and I don’t have any issues on record. My employer said that I am not entitled to any notice or severance pay, or even EI. Did he have the right to fire me?
• More about Termination for Cause:
▶️ WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD NEVER DO
1️⃣ Employers should never assume that severance is 1 or 2 weeks per year – 13:09
2️⃣ Employers should never ignore allegations of workplace harassment or bullying – 14:20
3️⃣ Employers should never fire an employee while they are on a medical leave or maternity leave – 15:59
4️⃣ An employer should never misclassify an employee as an Independent Contractor – 17:01
5️⃣ An employee should never terminate an employee “for cause” if you haven’t built up a case – 18:55
📞 CALL: Fired by Retailer, Forced to Accept Severance Offer – 20:17
EMPLOYMENT LAW SHOW Caller: My wife has been laid off by a large retailer after 4 years with the company. They are closing her location and planning to reopen elsewhere a year from now. She was forced to sign a letter on the spot saying she would not receive any severance pay outside of her final paycheque plus vacation pay.
• Severance Pay rights:
📞 CALL: Company Refuses to Stop Harassment – 23:47
EMPLOYMENT LAW SHOW Caller: I’ve been bullied at work for the past 4 years by a long-term employee who has been at the company for 25 years. He has a history of workplace harassment. HR has been aware of his behaviour for a long time but refuses to take any action against him. What are my options?
• How to handle Workplace Harassment here:
❓ Time Off for a Religious Holiday – 25:58
From Can I ask my employer for time off work to observe a religious holiday?
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