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Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 8:38 AM

LABOUR RELATIONS - Employees - Harassment - Work place violence

Application by Chickoski for judicial review of a decision that rejected his grievance against his supervisor’s decision to impose a Performance Action Improvement Plan (Action Plan) on him. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

The financial impacts of Bill 148: Looking beyond minimum wage

As even the most casual observer of current events is aware, the Ontario government introduced legislation that will increase the minimum wage from $11.40 to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019. Bill 148, the F​​​​air Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, was introduced and referred to committee on June 1, 2017, just days before the provincial legislature rose for the summer. ... [read more]

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 9:49 AM

Groups allege problems and potential legal implications with EI appeals process Jackie_Esmonde_sm

More than two dozen groups are calling on Canada to “restore fairness” to the Employment Insurance (EI) appeals process and rid it of what they see as flaws — some of which may be violating applicants’ rights to a fair and timely process. ... [read more]

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 8:36 AM

LABOUR BOARDS - Process and procedure - Jurisdiction - Re-opening of proceedings

Application by the Crown for judicial review of a ruling by the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board. A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) worker grieved a 30-day suspension. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 2:01 PM

New faculty members join McGill

There are a number of new faces in the halls of McGill University's faculty of law this semester. ... [read more]

Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 12:16 PM

Union expresses privacy concerns over proposed locomotive cameras Sharon Bauer, Wolfe Lawyers

A union representing railway employees alleges proposed government legislation on rail safety contains a “landmark privacy violation” — an argument legal observers say may have some merit. ... [read more]

Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 8:44 AM

Not complying with severance clause can repudiate employment contract

About 75 per cent of the employment contracts we see now include termination language spelling out how much or how little severance a dismissed employee will receive. These clauses are introduced to reduce employers’ severance costs and exposure to wrongful dismissal claims. If the clause is properly drafted and complies with legislation, courts usually adhere to the language, no matter how oppressive it may be for a dismissed employee. But what happens when employers fail to comply with their very own severance clauses? ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 12:41 PM

Lippel wins gold medal at Impact Awards

For winning the gold medal at the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) 2017 Impact Awards, Katherine Lippel is being rewarded with $100,000 in research funding. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 12:37 PM

Ontario's Bill 148 likely to change the landscape for temporary workers Laura Williams, Williams HR Law Professional Corporation

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is currently winding its way through the Ontario Legislature. Although the proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019 is getting the overwhelming majority of attention, the bill also has a number of changes that observers say will have a significant impact on the labour market, particularly in how it deals with temporary workers. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

New partner for Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti

Rusty McLay has joined Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP as partner. ... [read more]