The economic cost of over-protection

While employees need protection, it’s time for the pendulum to swing back a bit
By Justine Laurier and Evert Akkerman
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/30/2019

When a dismissal turns sour, employers can often gain unwanted media attention and blame, even if they have not committed any fault, per se. When it comes to employment relationships that have gone bad, most cases before tribunals are focused on employees who were mistreated or neglected by employers that allegedly dismissed them unfairly.

Of course, there are employers that do abuse employees, and government inspectors and judges rightfully crack down on unacceptable behaviour if it’s not settled out of court.

Conversely, there are also employees who treat their employers and their employers’ representatives inadequately, who play the game and the system, knowing they may be rewarded for crying wolf.