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Hello my name is [redacted]: Employee privacy trumps employer requirement for surnames on name tags

Prairie Montagues and Capulets can carry out their work with the public on a first-name-only basis, according to a recent ruling from a Saskatchewan labour arbitration panel. The panel sided with a healthcare union that complained about the employer’s policy requiring staff nametags to display both a first and last name. The panel found that requiring surnames to be displayed violated the employees’ privacy and occupational health and safety rights, and was inconsistent with the union’s collective agreement.

 

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IT-guy writes script to delete records…and wipes phone despite director’s pleas to “stop!”

Employers have been cautioned to be wary of insiders with the potential to cause the organization great harm. For instance, employers are often advised that if they are terminating IT personnel they should do so with pay in lieu of notice, instead of working notice. A recent hearing in Manitoba illustrates the insider risks associated with IT roles.

 

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Intellectual property belongs to employer despite contract dispute

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When an employment relationship involves intellectual property created by an employee, the employer must take special care in the employment contract to consider who owns the IP.

 

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