Can I Be Dismissed For Swearing At Work?

Employees sometimes want to know whether something they have done is worthy of dismissal. Unfortunately, there are no stock answers. Employment law requires an assessment of fairness taking into account all of the circumstances. While it may be fair to dismiss an employee in one case for some particular conduct, it may not be fair […]

How To Resolve Employment Disputes At Mediation

The answer for most difficulties in relationships, employment-related or otherwise, is to communicate more – not less. Nevertheless, communicating in a tense work environment, when making eye-contact is hard enough, can be very difficult. Additionally, we may wonder whether the other side is even going to listen. Will they be reasonable? Will I feel ambushed? […]

How To Respond To A Personal Grievance

Employers generally have no interest in treating their employees unfairly. It just isn’t good for business. As an employer, you likely know that if your staff are upset, they will be less productive. You also know that dealing with personal grievances consumes management time that could be better spent elsewhere. If you can avoid personal […]

Can My Employer Force Me To Take Annual Leave?

You may be surprised to know that in some cases your employer can direct you to take some of your annual leave. That may seem outrageous to you. Isn’t your leave hard-earned and yours to take whenever you wish? Before you get too upset, you should know there are a couple of conditions that your […]