Your Rights as an Employee

You have many rights as an employee.  Depending on your employer will determine if your rights fall under provincial standards or federal standards. These sites are not a substitute for legal advice, but may help you determine not only your basic rights, but if they are violated what next steps you can take.  Occassionally you should seek advice from a lawyer.

Outside of those regulations here are some, but not limited to, common examples of when it is recommended to see a lawyer:

Pre-employment agreements. Situations that can arise from pre-employment contracts are:

  • Restricted severance pay (below the standards of case law)
  • Non-compete/non solicitation agreements that are enforceable and prevent you from making career changes when you would like.
  • Fiduciary Obligations – pre and post-employment
  • Bonus entitlements
  • Intellectual property agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements

During Employment:

  • Wrongful pay deductions (damage or loss of property)
  • Duty to accommodate

End of employment:

  • Constructive dismissals
  • Wrongful Dismissals
  • Termination for Cause
  • Termination without Cause
  • Lay-offs
  • Education/training payback agreements
  • Bonus entitlements

Employee Investigations

Abusive/Toxic workplaces

Note: We do not refer members to specific lawyers, however, here are some links that can help you with your search.

Other Resources

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