Stepney is a district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in London's East End that grew out of a medieval village around St Dunstan's church and the 15th century ribbon development of Mile End Road. The area built up rapidly in the 19th century, mainly to accommodate immigrant workers and displaced London poor, and developed a reputation for poverty, overcrowding, violence and political dissent. It was severely damaged during the Blitz, with over a third of housing totally destroyed; and then, in the 1960s, slum clearance and development replaced most residential streets with tower blocks and modern housing estates.
Posts about Stepney
  • Paradise Lost – Firing an Employee on Vacation

    … By Samantha Stepney. Are you considering firing an employee who is on vacation in order to avoid a scene at the office? We recommend that you reconsider this strategy for both legal and other reasons. Aggravated Damages All employers owe their employees a duty of good faith and fair dealing in the manner of termination. This duty is implied…

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  • Why Cash Isn’t King: Lessons for Small Businesses

    … By Samantha Stepney. It can be difficult for employers in certain industries to attract talent at a reasonable wage. Because of this, as an enticement, employers often agree to pay all, or part, of employee wages in cash “under the table” so that employees do not have to pay Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions, Employment Insurance (EI…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 16 readers -
  • Training Costs: Business Risks and Benefits

    … in the contract whereby the employee authorizes the employer to deduct the entire amount of the training costs, or a portion of the training costs, from her final pay. An example of such a clause is found in the 2016 BC Supreme Court case of Wildcat Helicopters Inc. v. Ellis where the employment contract included a “training bond” whereby the employee…

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  • Postmedia’s Layoffs: Words to the Wise

    … By Fiona Anderson. As a former journalist, I can’t help but be mesmerized by the bloodletting that is happening at newspapers and television and radio stations across Canada. The only exception is the publicly funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Private companies need to make money to survive and, with advertisers now having their own…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 30 readers -
  • Pets: A Workplace’s Best Friend?

    …, furniture, etc., and the employer may be liable for this damage. 5. Human Rights. An animal allergy may be considered a disability. If so, employers are expected to accommodate employees with allergies to the point of undue hardship. Accommodation may include pet-free areas, more frequent cleaning, and possibly reverting to “no dogs allowed.” Creating…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 18 readers -