The Employment Law Show

Employment Law Show: Alberta & B.C. – S6 E15

A headshot of Employment Lawyer Lior Samfiru, Co-founding Partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, to the right of the Employment Law Show logo. He hosts the show on radio stations 980 CKNW in Vancouver, 630 CHED in Edmonton and 770 CHQR in Calgary.

Episode Summary

Can you be demoted after taking medical leave? How should employers deal with bullying? Employment Lawyer Lior Samfiru, Partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP answers those questions and more on the Employment Law Show. 

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Show Notes

  • The sales manager had to take disability leave and returned to demotion: Employees do not have to accept major changes to the terms of their job, such as a reduction in pay, demotions, change of location, etc. Employees on a disability leave must be offered their same position upon a return from leave or a comparable position if their original job was no longer available. A major change to the terms of employment can result in constructive dismissal.
  • Terminated senior employees due to vaccination status: Employees that did not work in an industry that had a government-mandated vaccine policy could not be terminated for cause as a result of their vaccination status. Employers are within their rights to terminate employees without cause however must pay adequate severance pay. Employers should also be aware that terminating employees with a medical exemption could lead to additional damages.
  • Employers that fail to deal with workplace harassment: Employers are obligated to investigate all complaints of harassment within the workplace in an unbiased manner and resolve the situation. Employers that fail to correctly investigate and resolve claims of bullying and harassment face statute violations, including potential human rights violations.

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