Privacy Concerns

In the modern workplace, privacy concerns are becoming more and more prevalent. Issues concerning privacy can be confronted in a variety of different mediums, such as e-mails, private messaging platforms, medical histories, background checks, as well as various surveillance mechanisms.

In Canada, there are some legislated requirements concerning certain types of surveillance. However, the law is unsettled and constantly evolving.

To confront privacy issues in the workplace appropriately, a policy must clearly outline procedures for dealing with, handling, and potentially keeping the private information of its employees. It is important for both the employer and the employee to know their rights and duties regarding private information and its use, in whatever medium they may encounter.

Privacy Concerns & Constructive Dismissal

Inappropriately violating an employee’s privacy may constitute a breach of the implied term of good faith and fair dealing by the employer. This, in turn, may constitute a constructive dismissal as the trust between the employer and employee may have vanished and will affect the employment relationship.

Privacy concerns

For example, a secret placing of a camera in a trusted employee’s office without the proper cause required may constitute as grounds for constructive dismissal. However, where there is a reasonable apprehension of abuse by an employee, this may constitute just cause for the placement of a surveillance device.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

If you have questions regarding a privacy concern in your workplace, contact one of our experienced employment lawyers today to set up a consultation to discuss your options.

At Zeilikman Law, we approach these issues with logical and creative solutions. Our lawyers are, professional, friendly, and determined. We have the know-how to navigate through the psychology of any given dispute.

Request a consultation or call us at 905-417-2227!

Legal Receptionist

Zeilikman Law is an employment law firm located in Vaughan, Ontario. We are looking to hire a legal receptionist to join our firm. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working as a receptionist at another law firm.

Location: Vaughan, Ontario.

Start Date: Immediately.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Full time. In-person only. This is not a remote work position.

Wages: 35,000 to 40,000 per year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage our firm’s multi-line telephone system to receive incoming calls.  Screen incoming telephone call inquiries to determine the nature of the telephone call and provide standard information related to our legal services.  Take and deliver messages and route incoming telephone calls to the appropriate staff person.
  • Answer general inquiries coming from the firm’s social media and website email.
  • Welcome in-person visitors upon arrival.  Direct visitors to the appropriate staff person and / or office or boardroom.
  • Organize in-person visitor schedule to prevent overlap and multiple bookings.
  • Receive, sort, and distribute daily mail and deliveries.
  • Arrange for couriers.
  • Keep front reception, kitchenette area and boardroom tidy.
  • Perform various clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, and faxing on an as-needed basis.
  • Process client or other payments.
  • May be asked to run minor errands outside of office such as attending post office to arrange a courier or pick up mail.
  • May be asked to assist other law clerks or lawyers of the firm as required and as appropriate.
  • Any other basic administrative duties or tasks as deemed appropriate.

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of general office procedures including filing, faxing, and printing and copying.
  • Basic word processing computer skills.
  • Proficient in receptionist and telephone practices, etiquette, and decorum.
  • Professional attitude and appearance.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Positive customer service attitude is a must.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Education and Experience:

  • Highschool diploma or equivalent.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in an office setting with an emphasis in accounting, reception or clerical work is required.   We would prefer experience in a law firm environment.

Applications for this position should be sent via email to jennifer@zeilikmanlaw.com. All applications should include a cover letter, resume and at least two references. Only successful candidates will be contacted.