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Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND BENEFITS - Benefits - Disability - Entitlement

Appeal by the Union from the dismissal of its application for judicial review of grievance arbitration board (Board) decision. ... [read more]

Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:18 AM

Offending termination clauses that are void cannot 'oust' common law, court rules Ben Hahn sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled an employee is entitled to receive severance pay based on common law in lieu of reasonable notice in a decision, counsel says, is instructive to both employers and employees on termination provisions.   ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT - Application - Interpretation

Application by Ottawa Hospital for judicial review of an arbitral award arising from a grievance filed by the respondent union. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION - Benefits - Entitlement to benefits - Legislation - Interpretation - Appeals and judicial review

Petition by Zechel for judicial review of a Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal decision that she was not entitled to workers compensation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 8:29 AM

Human rights tribunals may be failing Arab, Muslim workers post-9/11 Muslim_complaints_sm

Review of cases in Canada reveals complaints of oversurveillance, double standards and stereotyping in the workplace, and suggests that the system isn't helping those who face discrimination, just as they need it the most. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:19 AM

Public’s ‘appetite for reform’ paves way for pledged record suspension changes Marie_Manikis

The Liberal government is paving the way for much-anticipated Criminal Records Act (CRA) reform by unveiling public feedback supportive of rolling back Conservative-era changes that make it slower, costlier and harder for law-abiding offenders to get their criminal records removed from the database of the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). ... [read more]

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

HUMAN RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ISSUES - Right to privacy - Alcohol and drug testing

Appeal by the union, Unifor, from an order allowing the employer’s application for judicial review of an arbitration panel’s decision finding that the employer’s drug and alcohol testing policy violated workers’ privacy rights. ... [read more]

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

After Weinstein scandal, sexual harassment can no longer be seen as ‘cost of doing business’ | Stuart Rudner

My social media feed has been filled with stories about Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment and assault that has apparently been allowed to continue for decades, interspersed with mentions of the recent International Day of the Girl. What an interesting dichotomy. At the same time that we celebrate the fact that girls should not be limited in their aspirations or goals, and should not be scared simply because they are girls, we hear about the horrific treatment that aspiring young actresses have endured and are reminded that "being a woman remains the least safe you can be." ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 12:06 PM

Timing, privacy issues raised over Ontario's proposed domestic violence leave bill Paul Willetts sm

Proposed legislation regarding leave for employees dealing with domestic or sexual violence may be the natural next step in workplace accommodation for the province of Ontario, but labour and employment lawyers note possible pitfalls for businesses if the legislation passes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

Federal government commits $8 million to hasten reviews of RCMP labour complaints

Ottawa is providing $8.1 million in funding to hire more lawyers and to help speed up reviews of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) labour and employment grievances. ... [read more]