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Glossary of Employment Law Terms

Get acquainted with some key concepts of employment law, and a few esoteric oddities as well! Learning the vocab can help you learn how to protect your legal rights.

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B

Bonus, discretionary and non-discretionary

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Bonus plan

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Bullying

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C

Common law

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Common law notice

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Confidentiality agreement / non-disclosure agreement (NDA)

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Consideration

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Constructive dismissal

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D

Dependent contractor

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Discrimination

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Duty of loyalty / duty of fidelity

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Duty to accommodate

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E

Employment contract

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Employment law

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Employment policy

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Employment standards

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F

Fiduciary employee

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Fixed-term employee

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G

Golden parachute

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H

Harassment

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Human rights

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I

Independent contractor

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Inducement

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J

Just cause

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L

Layoff

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M

Mitigation

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N

Non-competition clause

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Non-solicitation clause

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Notice period

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O

Occupational health and safety

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P

Pay in lieu of notice

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Probationary period (probationary employee)

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Protected grounds (human rights)

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R

Reinstatement

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Release of liability

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Restrictive covenant

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Retiring allowance

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S

Salary continuance

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Severance

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Statutory notice

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T

Termination clause

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Termination with cause

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Termination without cause

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U

Unjust dismissal

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V

Variable compensation

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W

Working notice

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Wrongful dismissal

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