Illegal activity

Spend time protecting yourself from the criminal behaviour of employees — or you could be spending time in court.
By Soma Ray
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2001

Employers are becoming increasingly concerned about potential responsibility for the criminal behaviour of their employees. And rightfully so, since the criminal activities of employees can create civil liabilities for employers.

Various forms of sexual harassment such as grabbing and pinching are considered assault for the purposes of the Criminal Code. In areas such as sexual harassment, employers are directly liable for the actions of their employees because companies are expected to create and maintain a harassment-free environment.

Another issue that has garnered a lot of attention of late is the improper downloading of licensed materials from the Internet, and the copying of information drafted by others can also be seen as theft.