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Arbitrators usually have sole jurisdiction over human rights complaints in unionized workplaces: SCC
Supreme Court of Canada Justice Russell Brown
Supreme Court of Canada Justice Russell Brown held that labour arbitrators empowered by mandatory dispute resolution clauses have exclusive jurisdiction to decide all disputes arising from the collective agreement—including human rights claims—subject to clearly expressed legislative intent to the contrary.

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 4:39 PM

Last Updated: Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 8:04 PM

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that labour arbitrators have exclusive jurisdiction over unionized workers’ complaints of human rights violations in the workplace — unless there is “clearly expressed legislative intent to the contrary,” i.e. legislators clearly gave human rights adjudicators concurrent jurisdiction. ... [read more]

Ontario announces slow, incremental lifting of COVID-19 restrictions Premier Doug Ford

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 3:31 PM

On Oct. 22, the Ontario government released a plan gradually lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. ... [read more]

Decision calls for ‘bright line’ appeal route solutions to end confusion in Courts of Justice Act Subscriber only content

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 9:25 AM

Justice David Brown, for the Ontario Court of Appeal, stressed in a recent decision that “one of the great on-going failures of the Ontario civil justice system is the confusion entrenched” in the Courts of Justice Act “concerning appeal routes from orders made by judges of the Superior Court of Justice …” ... [read more]

Ottawa unveils vaccination passport, targeted financial supports for businesses and workers Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 5:32 PM

Ottawa has announced the creation of a new Canadian proof of vaccination document for domestic and international travel, along with the creation of narrower, targeted COVID-19 financial supports for workers and businesses to follow the Oct. 23 expiry for most sectors of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS). ... [read more]

SCC refuses to give public authorities a sweeping ‘policy’ immunity against negligence claims Subscriber only content Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 4:09 PM

Last Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 4:45 PM

In a key personal injury ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has provided unanimous guidance on the nature and scope of the public authority “core policy” defence to negligence claims — rejecting expansive interpretations that might have created a sweeping immunity from liability for governments. ... [read more]