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Category Archives: Google Hangout

Google Hangout: Assessing Notice Periods and Severance Obligations

When it comes to dismissals, there is no shortage of questions. How much “severance” are you entitled to? Can the employer provide working notice? Is the employee entitled to anything more than the applicable employment standards legislation? What is “just cause” for dismissal? What is the difference between “termination pay”, “severance pay”, “reasonable notice”, and “severance”? Is there a difference […]


What to do When Your CEO Goes Rogue: Hangout with Rudner MacDonald

Stuart and Cody on what to do when your CEO goes off the rails, creates mayhem, and nothing you do stops the downward spiral.   Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)


Managing Attendance & Absenteeism: Hangout with Rudner MacDonald

Stuart takes questions on managing attendance and absenteeism in the workplace. Most employers want to flexible, but it can be hard to run a business when you don’t know who will show up for work. Do you have to give employees paid sick days? Can you require doctor’s notes? This and more, in this session. Click to share on Twitter […]


Ending Discriminatory Dress Codes

My favourite part about the intersection between Employment and Human Rights Law is its dynamism. It is constantly evolving to respond to new challenges – or perhaps more accurately, respond to the important challenges that we may be overlooking. This is exemplified in the increasing debate over gender based discrimination arising from workplace dress codes. In the past, human rights […]


Understanding Adverse Effect Discrimination

Indirect discrimination, also called adverse effect discrimination, is less obvious than direct discrimination but is equally a breach of human rights legislation. In George v. Accertaclaim, a recent decision from the Human Rights Tribunal, Natalie MacDonald successfully defended against a claim that the company had discriminated against its employee by failing to consider her when making an internal hiring decision. […]


Managing Performance Issues in the Workplace: Google Hangout

On January 7, Stuart Rudner hosted the first Rudner MacDonald Google Hangout of 2016. Stuart answered a variety of questions on the subject of managing performance issues in the workplace. Specifically, he discussed the following topics: The benefits of performance reviews from a legal and HR perspective Informal feedback vs. annual reviews Steps for dismissal for cause based on performance How to […]


Hangout with Rudner MacDonald: Holidays & Holiday Parties

  Stuart and our new associate, Sean O’Donnell, discuss issues relating to the holiday season, holiday parties, and off-duty conduct more generally. In the context of harassment and sexual harassment, they also touch on the Jian Ghomeshi situation and an employer’s duty to act when allegations of harassment are raised. For related posts on holiday parties, see Holidays in the Workplace and Ensuring Your […]


Hangout with Rudner MacDonald: Responsibilities to act when employees do wrong on their own time

Natalie and Stuart discuss employers’ responsibilities to act when an employee does wrong on their own time, in light of the recent suspension of an NFL player accused of domestic abuse. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to […]


Hangout with Rudner MacDonald: Soccer Sadness – Keeping Employees Engaged During the World Cup

Natalie and Stuart host a Google Hangout on soccer sadness, and how to keep employees engaged during the World Cup.   <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/RmTlZeUqQks?list=PLSU1NHDQ98sHf_7TZMJ-rHkkFEvx1GKUA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in […]


Hangout with Rudner MacDonald: Just Cause Dismissal & Employee Tracking

In this Google Hangout, we discuss the recent video of two Air Canada employees dropping passengers’ carry-on baggage into a bin several meters below a plane while it was readying for departure at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. As discussed in a previous blog post, the incident is an excellent reminder of two important points: Employees: Never assume your actions are […]


Hangout with Rudner MacDonald: Downsizing & Layoffs

On March 20th, Natalie and Stuart had a Google Hangout in which they discussed issues relating to downsizing and layoffs.   Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)



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