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Adopting whistleblowing laws in the employment context is
important in light of the increased regulatory scrutiny affecting
many corporations operating internationally. Whistleblowing laws
provide comfort to employees that they will not suffer retaliation
or reprimand in the event they make a complaint in good faith,
regardless of whether or not the complaint results in the discovery
of any wrongdoing. Despite the global trend for adopting
whistleblowing laws in the employment context, some jurisdictions
have been slower to follow suit. For corporations running business
in those jurisdictions, it is still recommended that they put in
place whistleblowing policies in the workplace for employees to
make complaints about possible wrongdoings concerning the
corporation in confidence.
Powell River Industrial Sheet Metal Contracting Inc.
(P.R.I.S.M.) v Kramchynski, 2016 BCSC 883, is a decision from
the Supreme Court of British Columbia that dealt with the
enforcement of a restrictive covenant in the context of a
commercial transaction. The decision stands for the proposition
that a court may refuse to enforce a restrictive covenant where an
employer fails to satisfy its obligations to the employee.
Currently, about one quarter of all employment relationships in
Germany are based on part-time models, the proportion of part-time
to full-time employees having increased by about 12 percent since
2001. Furthermore, as a result of the implementation of the EU
Part-time Workers Directive 97/81/EC into German law in 2001, an
enforceable right for current full-time employees to switch to
part-time work exists in Germany. Besides this, employees with
children (under the age of eight) may additionally claim the right
to part-time parental leave.
Managing a workplace and employees is a lot different nowadays
than it used to be two decades ago. Today, many employers struggle
to recruit and retain employees by offering a strict nine to five
work day. Your typical staff is multigenerational and has access to
technology allowing them to work outside the office. Couple this
with the bigger focus on work/life balance and many employees are
attracted to non-traditional employment arrangements such as
working part-time or flexi-time.
For many employers, the arduous task of reviewing and revising
an employee handbook may occur as infrequently as every leap year,
or worse, only after a law suit has been filed. However, recent
decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (Board) should
cause employers to take a much closer look at their employee
policies and the frequency with which they update them.
Technological advances and changes have created new arenas for
protected "concerted activity" under Section 7 of the
National Labor Relations Act (Act) and have caused the Board to
take a closer look at employer policies that may violate the
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