Tech giant Apple has come under fire recently for the employment practices of one of its biggest suppliers. A young engineer employed by Foxconn, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronic components and based in Taiwan, was involved in a horrific accidental electric shock in October of 2011 that necessitated the removal of half of his brain in order to save his life. Left obviously disabled, he is still in hospital, unable to speak or walk.
The story recently hit international headlines after it was revealed the company was threatening to cut off funds for treatment and other expenses if the family didn’t move him to another hospital 70km away – to the city where they say he was actually hired.
It’s All In the Details
There’s no dispute about the location where the 26-year old was working when the accident occurred but the issue is this – the reputedly common practice of Chinese companies to contract employees in one location where wages are low and then move them to work in a much higher wage location. Most importantly for this case, the disability compensation is also lower.
It’s not the first time the company has made headlines for its HR practices. In the past, there have been reports of other bizarre sounding allegations including the multiple suicides of employees and various labour disputes.
An Extreme Case, But…
This may seem like an extreme case in a far off location that may never apply to you but the principles at work cross international boundaries.
- What happens if you become disabled and can’t work during the term of an employment contract?
In this flexible and globalized economy, many workers are sent to off-site locations whether they’re across town or across the world.
- Are your interests covered no matter where you actually work?
When it comes to your own employment contract:
- Make sure you try to consider every possible eventuality and work out the details in your contract
- It’s important for both sides of the contract to act in good faith, whether or not that’s specified in the wording
Prevention is the Best Remedy
Our experienced breach of contract lawyers can advise you on how to negotiate any aspect of your all-important employment contract.
Before you sign on the dotted line – if you’re in the process or thinking of entering into an employment contract, then contact our experienced breach of contract lawyers for advice. Clarity on the issues covered by a contract is your key to understanding your rights.
Your Employment Contract
If you feel your employer has neglected to follow through on their side of the obligations in any way, you owe it to yourself to get the best advice.
You only have a limited time to take action in a breach of contract case. If you think your rights under a contractual agreement are being disregarded contact Petrillo Law today for a free consultation with an experienced contract lawyer. We look forward to hearing from you.
Disability – You need help!
Disability claims can get very complicated. Whether your claim is being filed with a private insurance company as part of an employee group benefits program or with Canada Pension Plan (CPP), you need someone on your side who knows how to navigate the legal terrain of LTD (or long term disability) claims. At Petrillo Law, we understand that you are not only dealing with your health issues, but you are also concerned with being able to meet your financial obligations.
Many claimants are turned down initially only to have the insurance company pay out as stated in the policy on appeal or as directed by a judge. You need sound and proven legal representation.
Get the Legal Representation You Need
Know your rights. Contact the breach of contract and disability lawyers at Petrillo Law today by calling (905) 949-9433. We look forward to hearing from you.