The Employment Law Show

Employment Law Show: Ontario – S11 E82

Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru's headshot, next to the Employment Law Show and Samfiru Tumarkin LLP logos. Lior hosts the radio show in Toronto and London, Ontario

Episode Summary

How should employees handle workplace harassment? Employment Lawyer Lior Samfiru, co-managing Partner and national practice leader at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, answers this question and more on the Employment Law Show.

LISTEN BELOW to Ontario’s premiere radio show about employment law and workplace rights featuring the province’s leading employment lawyers. You can hear the show live on Mondays to Thursdays at 640 Toronto and 980 CFPL in London at 6:30 p.m. ET, as the hosts take calls from listeners and provide vital answers to employees and employers.

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Show Notes

  • Accounts taken away by an employer: Employers cannot change the terms of an employee’s position without their consent. An example of a major change can be considered a payment restructuring from salary to commission, or removal of paid accounts. Employees are within their rights to accept a change however it is not advisable to do so. Alternatively, employees can choose to treat the imposed change as constructive dismissal.
  • Safe work environment: All employees are entitled to work in a healthy and safe work environment free from harassment. Harassment can be considered to be any conduct that is unwelcome. Employees should first voice complaints of harassment to the appropriate department, and document all incidents in writing. Employers are obligated to investigate all complaints of harassment and resolve the situation.
  • Pushed to return to the office: Employers are within their rights to request employees return to the office if it was the initial work arrangement. Employees who were hired as part of a remote work arrangement can refuse the imposed change by their employer. Employees unsure of their rights should look closely at the terms outlined in their employment agreements.

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