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Published on: March 02, 2012
Filed under: Employee/Employer Relations, Discipline, Insolent Behaviour`, Frivolous and vexatious Behaviour
Does this sound familiar?  Multiple grievances or complaints received from the same person on the same issue.  You have taken every step to answer the grievances and still yet they continue to come in unabated.  You want to maintain respect for the grievance process, but you begin to ask yourself, “can I put a stop to this given that I responded the first time and still my answer goes unrecognized by the Sisyphean employee with an never emptying inkwell and bottomless ...Read More
Published on: January 12, 2012
Filed under: Discipline, Leaving Work Without Permission
Leaving Work Without Permission Ah, summer days, sunshine, and the many distractions that come with the season are only short months away.  What to do then when an employee decides to leave work for the day before the end of their scheduled departure time, or leaves early for lunch or their break, when they should be performing their duties?  Of course summer is not the only time when a staff member may be away from work without permission.  In looking at this type of ...Read More
Published on: January 07, 2012
Filed under: Probationary Employees
I will walk briefly through a summary of the purpose of the probationary period, legislative framework and then the jurisprudence on this issue in order to provide you with background and context with respect to probationary employees.  There is a significant amount of material on this subject so I have tried to condense it down to the key concepts. Purpose of Probation Defined Although it may seem trite to state the purpose of a probationary period, I believe that it is worthwhile ...Read More
Published on: January 07, 2012
Filed under: Discipline, Sleeping on the Job
Although it may come as a surprise to some, I do get the occasional question from clients on how to deal with employees who fall asleep on the job.  Please note, this is not a wide-spread problem, but when it does occur, it usually causes much consternation on the part of the manager. I have taken the liberty of reviewing the leading case law on this issue and have summarized it below. “Sleeping on the job" is a serious matter and arbitrators appear to agree that such action ...Read More
Published on: December 30, 2011
Filed under: Employee/Employer Relations, Sick Leave , Pattern Absenteeism, Discipline
• Have you ever had an employee who takes sick leave in a manner that suggests that it was done purposely? • Has your employee’s sick leave usage been taken in some identifiable pattern such as the day before or after a weekend, or before or after a statutory holiday or attached a period of approved vacation? For many managers this is a vexing problem and they often throw their hands up in despair wondering what they can do. The good news is that there is an answer ...Read More
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