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Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Judge who sexually harassed court staffer quietly quit; unlike the U.S., #MeToo hasn’t hit Canadian judiciary TLD Exclusive

A superior court judge who subjected a court staffer to sexualized contact in the workplace quietly resigned after a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) investigation, without the judicial disciplinary body publicly disclosing his actions until now. ... [read more]

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Avoid nasty surprises by preparing your client for mediation | Stuart Rudner

When I am chosen to mediate an employment law dispute, my goal is to help the parties reach a reasonable resolution. In the vast majority of cases, I am successful in doing so. However, this is occasionally despite the fact that “unexpected” issues arise which delay or derail the discussions. I put unexpected in quotes because they may not have been anticipated by the parties, but counsel should have discussed them in advance as part of the preparation for mediation. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND BENEFITS - Entitlement - Laid-off employees

Appeal by the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) from a decision overturning an arbitrator’s decision, allowing the ONA’s grievance against the Toronto East General Hospital. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Why we need an Anti-#MeToo movement | Laurelly Dale

An interview with criminal defence counsel and feminist Angela Chaisson was published in The Lawyer’s Daily on March 1. In it, she calls for the legal profession to have its own #MeToo movement. Changing behaviour and process is difficult. I commend the #MeToo movement for cultivating a culture of intolerance; however, it has deprived those accused of a fair process and presumption of innocence. Important safeguards are being washed away at its expense. ... [read more]

Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 12:23 PM

Nova Scotia appeal ends battle of cardiologist who lost research privileges Peter_Rogers_sm

The failed appeal of a doctor unsatisfied with a $1.4 million award for being stripped of research privileges shows an “unwillingness” of courts to fall for “artificial contracts,” said a lawyer involved in the case. ... [read more]

Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Labour and employment lawyers predict pushback on Pay Transparency Act Inna Koldorf sm

Ontario’s recently launched pay transparency legislation may make the province a leader in tackling pay equity, but labour and employment lawyers are predicting a pushback as companies are still adjusting to recent amendments to the Employment Standards Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 2:28 PM

Worker group says safety ‘not negotiable’ after employer found guilty in workplace fatality

A general contractor has been found guilty of manslaughter after one of his employees was killed by being buried in a trench, marking the first time in Quebec that a breach of provincial occupational health and safety legislation served as the basis for a manslaughter conviction under the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

International Women’s Day a call to arms for lawyers | Leanne Townsend

It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and it’s a great time to be a woman. There is an energetic movement underway resulting from the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. Women are joining forces and banding together in unprecedented ways, holding men who have abused their power accountable and demanding equal treatment. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Victims of ‘sexting’ should be supported, not disciplined sexting_victim_sm

People have an infinite capacity for thwarting their own careers. The fact that they sometimes do so by inappropriately sexting (i.e., sending sexual messages, sometimes with photos or videos, via a digital device) is therefore not surprising. Rarely, however, are the victims of inappropriate sexual conduct subject to discipline. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 8:29 AM

CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT - Express terms - Arbitration and mediation

Motion by the defendants, Uber Technologies et al (Uber), to stay the plaintiff Heller’s action in favour of arbitration in the Netherlands. ... [read more]