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Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

HUMAN RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ISSUES - Discrimination - Age - Sex

Appeal by the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union from a judicial review judgment quashing an arbitration award. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

How Global Talent Stream targets world’s best tech workers | Colin Singer

Rewind to 2016 and Canada’s technology industry was struggling to hire the best skilled workers to help startup businesses grow. Then along came the Global Talent Stream (GTS). ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

Widespread strike among crane operators in Quebec: A backlash to new regulation Constructioncranes_sm.jpg

On June 14, several crane operators in Quebec declared a strike. As a result, nearly 2,000 workers abandoned major work sites on June 18, bringing large-scale construction projects across the province to a halt. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

The future of free trade: Labour market mobility in uncertain times global_employment_sm

Free trade agreements open markets by reducing trade barriers and creating predictable and transparent conditions for businesses to operate. Many free trade agreements provide for reciprocal labour mobility between members, skilled workers, professionals and intra-company transferees. Business persons can provide their services without going through the process of labour market testing. This facilitates cross border mobility and provides access to labour market skills and service from around the world. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

We can do more about discrimination than name-blind hiring | Kimia Fleming

When the news broke that a Toronto law firm would be participating in name-blind hiring, I should have been more thrilled than I was. ... [read more]

Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

Employers must be ‘cognizant’ of additional liabilities in wrongful dismissal, says lawyer James_LeMesurier_sm

Damages for wrongful dismissal are not limited to what an employer must pay a fired worker for reasonable notice or the remainder of a contract, says counsel for a woman awarded compensation after being dinged with New Brunswick taxes on a payout from a lost job in low-tax Nunavut. ... [read more]

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 9:48 AM

New federal standards in place for exposure to grain, flour dust

The government of Canada has changed rules surrounding exposure to grain and flour dust for all federally regulated workers. The changes to the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations on grain and flour dust came into force July 11. They are intended to significantly lower the risk of workers coming into contact with airborne substances in the workplace, while ensuring consistency with most provincial and territorial regulations. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

Gowling Montreal partner elected as fellow of labour and employment college

Luc Deshaies, a partner in Gowling WLG’s Montreal office, has been elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a rare honour reserved only for the most dedicated and accomplished labour and employment lawyers in North America. Deshaies is the first professional at Gowling WLG to obtain this distinction. ... [read more]

Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 1:21 PM

N.S. court rules stress from workplace investigation not eligible for workers’ compensation claim

Clarifying when workers’ compensation does not cover post-traumatic stress was the focus of a failed appeal by a Maritime police officer claiming harm from being criticized for the death of a woman in custody. The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, in the July 6 decision of Henderson v. Nova Scotia (Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal) 2018 NSCA 59, upheld a tribunal’s denial of a claim by Truro Police Service supervisor Sterling Lee Henderson, who was in command when an intoxicated Victoria Rose Paul suffered a fatal stroke while in lockup. ... [read more]

Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

Ontario Human Rights Commission tackles segregation, police profiling in annual report Renu Mandhane sm

Addressing human rights concerns may be challenging, but “discrimination is too costly to ignore” writes Renu Mandhane, the chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), in the organization’s recently released annual report. The 2017-2018 report released on July 10, covers issues the commission has been working on over the past year and highlights future concerns for the province in areas ranging from criminal justice to children’s aid. ... [read more]