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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

Top court reaffirms mandatory unpaid standby shifts are unreasonable

In the recently rendered decision, Association of Justice Counsel v. Canada (Attorney General) 2017 SCC 55, the Supreme Court of Canada reaffirmed two important realities of labour law. First, labour arbitrators are owed deference when deciding on issues relating to the interpretation of collective agreements. Second, the balancing of interests approach is the proper framework to assess whether a policy implemented by the employer that affects employees is a reasonable exercise of management rights. ... [read more]

Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 10:36 AM

LABOUR RELATIONS BOARDS - Orders - Appeals and judicial review

Appeal by the City of Saskatoon from a decision allowing the Amalgamated Transit Union’s judicial review application in relation to its unsuccessful unfair labour practice application to the Labour Relations Board (Board). ... [read more]

Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 8:58 AM

B.C. Court of Appeal rules compensation for Forces veterans does not violate Charter Donald J. Sorochan

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has struck down a potential class action by members of the Canadian Forces against the federal government’s current compensation scheme for veterans, but a University of British Columbia law professor is saying the court may have erred in its interpretation of what positive obligations the Charter of Rights and Freedoms places on government. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

Employers need to review policies in wake of Ontario’s labour law changes: experts Laura Williams, Williams HR Law

Labour and employment experts are saying Ontario employers have a “steep learning curve” ahead of them in order to prepare for the onslaught of new changes brought about by the provincial government’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Two new associates for Hicks Morley

There are two new hires in Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP’s Toronto office. ... [read more]

Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 12:56 PM

Miller Thomson expands Quebec labour group

With the hiring of two partners and three associates, Miller Thomson LLP has doubled the size of the labour and employment group in its Montreal office. ... [read more]

Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Ontario adding social condition, other protected grounds to Human Rights Code

With the substantial changes to employment and labour laws debated and passed in 2017, proposed changes to the Ontario Human Rights Code (“the Code”) have received little attention. If passed, it would add immigration status, genetic characteristics, police records, and social condition as protected human rights grounds. ... [read more]

Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 2:07 PM

Quebec consumers cannot force public servants to remove veil, legal minds say Andrew_Lokan_sm

If you are a Quebecer accessing a public service and an employee refuses your demand they remove their facial covering in accordance with Bill 62, what recourse do you have? ... [read more]

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 8:53 AM

Faculty union faces uphill battle in suit against back-to-work bill, experts say Eric Tucker, Osgoode Hall Law School

Although Ontario’s college students may be back in classrooms, the legal issues surrounding the five-week strike by college faculty are far from over. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 1:50 PM

Dentons adds partner with U.S. experience

Meaghen Russell is the latest partner to join Dentons Canada LLP . ... [read more]