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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Attend our 24th Annual Employers' Conference

Time Published on September 03, 2010

Labour & Employment Law Update 2010

Join us at our upcoming conference on November 4, 2010 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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Order your copy Today

Time Published on August 20, 2010

Our own Allison Taylor, along with Peter Wilson, have co-authored the 3rd edition of their book, “The Corporate Counsel Guide to Employment Law.”

This resource provides a focused and disciplined overview and guide with respect to employment law. This practical text addresses the material legal constraints, issues and requirements of employment law, helping you with everything from hiring to termination.

For more information or to order your copy, visit Canada Law Book here.

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Significant Changes to the Human Rights Tribunal's Rules

Time Published on July 15, 2010

Kelly McDermott and Jeremy Schwartz

Effective July 1, 2010, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has made significant changes to its rules of procedure, and corresponding forms and practice directions. 

The changes may fundamentally alter the way applications are handled at the Tribunal.  Employers and other respondents in particular will be happy to learn that the new rules will likely increase efficiency and fairness in their favour.

To learn more, view our UPDATE.

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New U.S. Labour Department Initiatives to Increase Compliance with Employment Standards

Time Published on June 15, 2010

The U.S. Labour Department has recently commenced an initiative to require employers to prepare and adopt compliance plans to ensure they do not violate wage, job safety and equal employment laws.  The announcement was accompanied by an expression of the desire by Labour Secretary Seth Harris that his department foster a “culture of compliance” among employers, as opposed to a complaint-driven system in which the employers are “caught” not complying.  The intent is for employers to prepare written plans designed to prevent violations of workplace laws, including plans to address safety hazards in the workplace. 

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Join us at the 11th Annual Employment Law Conference

Time Published on April 05, 2010

Learn the Latest!

Join us at the 11th Annual,  Ontario Employment Law Conference, on June 2, 2010 at the Pearson Convention Center, Brampton.  This event is hosted by First Reference, with presentations by the lawyers at Stringer Brisbin Humphrey.

Follow this link for more information or to register:

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Court Certifies Overtime Class Action

Time Published on March 10, 2010

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled that representative plaintiff Cindy Fulakwa can proceed with her class action against Scotiabank on behalf of a class of more than 5,000 sales staff who worked in retail branches of Scotiabank from 2000 to the present. 

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Can Courts Force Businesses to Stay Open?

Time Published on February 26, 2010

The Supreme Court of Canada (”SCC”) recently weighed in on an interesting point of law: to what extent can the courts force a business to stay open

The business in this case was the famous Wal-Mart store located in Jonquiere, Quebec that was the first Wal-Mart to unionize in North America.  Five months after certification, the company decided to shut down its store and terminate the employment of 190 workers on the same day the parties’ first collective agreement dispute was referred to arbitration by Quebec’s labour minister.

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