Category Archives: Discipline and Conduct

Blogs on topics relating to Workplace Discipline and Conduct

Do Employees Get Paid Time Off to Vote?

On Monday October 21, voting stations in Ontario will be open from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, but some workers shifts will not permit them to attend the polling station during those hours (i.e. persons who work 12-hour shifts). While advance polls and online voting are possibilities, Elections Canada has “rules” that permit employees to take time off work to vote. You can check the Elections Canada FAQ list here. Employers must ensure that persons who don’t work a “normal 8 hour shift” have three consecutive hours in which to attend their polling station and cast their vote.  If this Continue Reading »

Be Careful with Employment Contracts

Employment contracts clarify performance standards and the terms of employment but can also cause a lot of grief if not managed properly.  It is very important to “pay attention to the details” in employment contracts, as these can have a significant impact if mistakes are made or terms are overlooked. Some of the more common pitfalls are: 1. End dates missed – If you hire someone on a fixed term contract (i.e. May 1 to September 30) and they work beyond the stated end date with no new agreement, the temporary contract becomes a permanent arrangement and you must treat Continue Reading »

Employees Have the Right to Appeal Discipline

Employees have the right to appeal disciplinary actions taken against them by the employer. So how does that work? The appeal process is covered under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Your Workplace Harassment policy requires employers to “include measures and procedures for workers to report incidents of workplace harassment to a person other than the employer or supervisor, if the employer or supervisor is the alleged harasser”. This “other person” could be a registered HR professional (must have at least a CHRP designation under the HRPA), or the Ministry of Labour (the MOL requires you to put them in Continue Reading »

Are Workers Paid for “Snow Days”?

The 2019 Winter Season has seen a record number of “snow days” which resulted in people not being able to go to work. Are workers eligible to be paid for these “snow days”? Under the Employment Standards Act (ESA), if there are “circumstances beyond the employer’s control” including stormy weather, the employer does not have to pay for cancelled shifts even if the worker showed up for work and was sent home. If the worker’s shift is not cancelled and they are required to show up for work, they could use a Personal Emergency Leave day, particularly if their children Continue Reading »