Navigating troubled waters

Managing a workforce in a distressed economy requires a shrewd strategy while remaining conscious of employment standards
By Christina Hall
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/30/2009

Responsibility and efficiency, not liability

When financial times are tough, businesses are faced with tough decisions. Trimming the workforce is one way to cut costs, but it comes with the risk of losing good talent to competitors and decreasing productivity. Trimming employee perks or making internal changes can be other ways to reduce expenses without having to fire employees, but employers have to be careful the changes they make don’t lead to circumstances of constructive dismissal or other employment standards transgressions.