Court Enjoins Unlawful Canada Post Worker Picketing

Time Published on June 22, 2011

In an urgent motion heard on June 16, 2011, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered Canada Post Workers’ union, the CUPW, to refrain, for a period of 10 days, from preventing, blocking, or obstructing any person from entering the a key Ottawa mail sorting facility on foot.

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Mayor Ford to privatize police janitorial jobs in ongoing campaign to contract out

Time Published on June 20, 2011

Mayor Rob Ford is planning to privatize many police janitorial jobs in his ongoing campaign to contract out city services.  He notified the heads of CUPE Local 79 and Local 416 in a letter on June 15, 2011 that the City of Toronto plans to make adjustments to the manner in which custodial services are provided to the City, in particular he warned that the Toronto Police Services Board had requested that the City look into private options.  This is Mayor Ford’s second major step in his plan to cut the City’s workforce. Just last month, City Council had a vote in favour of contracting out garbage collection in the West end of the City.

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Conservative Majority to Appoint 2 New Supreme Court Justices

Time Published on May 13, 2011

The CBC News reports that Supreme Court of Canada Justices Ian Binnie and Louise Charron have announced they will retire on August 30, 2011.  With the newly elected, Conservative majority government, Canadians will no doubt watch the nomination and selection process with greater interest.

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Ontario Court of Appeal Rules Non-Competition Clause Unenforceable

Time Published on May 12, 2011

Employers will be disappointed to hear the results of a recent decision in which the Ontario Court of Appeal declared the restrictive covenant in an employment contract, unenforceable. Read about this decision and tips to ensure your contracts are enforceable in our Latest Update.

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Supreme Court issues Decision in Fraser

Time Published on April 29, 2011

In a long awaited ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has issued its decision in Ontario (Attorney General) v. Fraser. In 2002 the Ontario Government passed the Agricultural Employees Protection Act, 2002 (the “AEPA”).  The UFCW, among others, challenged the AEPA as unconstitutional because it permits farm workers to form employee associations and gives them certain rights to bargain collectively, but they continue to be excluded from union representation under the Ontario Labour Relations Act, 1995.

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Court Rules no Class Action for Constructive Dismissal

Time Published on April 29, 2011

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has refused to permit a group of former Allstate Insurance employees to sue Allstate for constructive dismissal in a class action.  The group of former sales employees alleged that they were constructively dismissed when the company rolled out a new, company-wide model for product distribution and agent compensation.  Because the policy affected the entire group, the plaintiffs argued it was appropriate to deal with their case by way of a class action.

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Quebec Introduces Incentives With New Work-life Balance Certification

Time Published on April 15, 2011

The government of Quebec has recently introduced new incentives for businesses to promote work-life balance, through its “work-family balance certification” initiative.  Public sector and private sector employers as well as other groups in Quebec may apply for Quebec’s work-family balance certification, which consists of a rating from one to four depending upon the amount of points awarded to the employer. Employers will receive points for, among other things, providing flexible work schedules, day-care arrangements and a compressed work week.

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Court finds employee did not condone changes after 15 months

Time Published on April 12, 2011

The Ontario Superior Court has ruled that an employee who continued to work for 15 months following a change in his terms and conditions of employment had not condoned the change and could claim damages for constructive dismissal.  Read more about this surprising decision and key lessons for employers to learn in our Latest Update.

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The Enemy Within: Protecting Your Business and Confidential Information from Departing Employees

Time Published on April 11, 2011

Don’t miss our May 16 Webinar:

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There's an OH&S Inspector at the Door!

Time Published on April 11, 2011

Don’t Miss our May 5th Seminar at the Sheraton Toronto Airport:  

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Don't miss our April 14 Seminar

Time Published on April 11, 2011

Effective Management of Long-Term Disabled Employees: How to Navigate the Legal Minefield.  Please join us at the Delta Toronto Airport West:

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TTC an "Essential Service"

Time Published on March 31, 2011

Responding to a request from Toronto’s City Council, Ontario has passed Bill 150 which bans strikes and lockouts by TTC employees. First reading of the bill was in February of this year and it passed yesterday, March 30, 2011, by the government of Ontario. The new act, The Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act, 2011 (the “Act”), outlines new collective bargaining rules that must be followed when the parties are unable to negotiate an agreement.

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Tony Dean Panel Report Proposes Sweeping Reforms to Ontario OH&S Law

Time Published on February 25, 2011

The Expert Panel appointed to conduct a detailed review of the entire occupational health and safety system has released its highly anticipated report.  Read more about the Panel’s key recommendations and potential impact on the enforcement regime in our latest Update.

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Time Published on September 14, 2010

The Boyce decision establishes that at least in some instances injured workers are free to attempt to concurrently pursue Human Rights Code remedies against their employer even if the WSIB has ruled in the employer’s favour with respect to whether work is suitable.

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Alberta Human Rights Tribunal Awards Employee $650,000

Time Published on September 09, 2010

After 19 years of protracted litigation, the Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta has now awarded a former employee of Mobil Oil Canada $650,000 in damages.   Read our recent Update.

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