Employees behaving badly

Tight labour market no excuse for inappropriate behaviour
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/22/2007

Despite labour shortages, employers aren’t turning a blind eye to inappropriate employee behaviour, according to a Halifax-based employment lawyer.

“The job market is tightening, unemployment is declining, workforce participation is seemingly increasing and there’s stiffer competition for available employees,” said ­Brian Johnston, a partner with law firm Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales.

“However, we are not seeing any prevailing trend or sense that because of this that aberrant, deviant or unacceptable employee behaviour is being condoned or becoming more acceptable in the workplace.”