A friend's employer has decided that they are going to implement a Code of Conduct program. Part of this program will be re-writing the company's Code of Conduct, and then requiring every employee at the company to sign it and have it witnessed by their supervisor. This includes not only the G&A staff, but also the Professional staff, which includes the Professional Engineers who are already bound by a code of ethics.
Does anyone know the legality of this? Can an employer compel an employee to sign a new condition of employment after the person is hired and out of their probationary period? I've done a bunch of searches on the Human Resources Canada website without much luck... Although the secret is likely to find the right search phrase...
Any opinions? Should my friend just sign it?
The concern is that there are some questionable phrases in it, like an "annual employee signature" requirement, implying that employees will have to re-affirm their commitment to the company on an annual basis; and a "we reserve the right to change this agreement at any time" clause. It seems very biased towards the employer.