And this holds for employment references. In two recent Ontario cases, employers have been sued for the references they provided former employees. No employer is under any legal obligation to provide a former employee with a reference. And no court has the authority to order one. So providing one is the product of a conscious decision. Compassion, for one. The employer may feel badly for the termination and wish to assist the employee in moving on to their next position.
The Wynne government’s new Transparency Bill is a $50-million act of “virtue signalling” by a government in its death throes, thrashing about in the hope of trolling for votes. This bill would require all advertised job postings to include a salary rate or range, bar employers from asking about past compensation and prohibit reprisal against employees who discuss or disclose compensation.
In Galea v. Wal-Mart Canada Corp., Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Emery found that Wal-Mart’s conduct was “misleading at best, and dishonest at worst.” He awarded Gail Galea $250,000 in moral damages and $500,000 in punitive damages. Galea had been fired without any allegation of cause in 2010. Through various delays, which Galea could not have been pleased with, the case only reached trial now.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".