Looks like a Duck: ONCA Returns Telecommunications Construction to Provincial Jurisdiction

Time Published on December 13, 2019 User Stringer LLP

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision serves to remind employers that the presumption of provincial jurisdiction over labour relations will only be displaced in the clearest of cases.

Tag construction labour relations,  labour law,  labour relations

Bill 66 Proposes Further Employer-Friendly Amendments to Workplace Laws

Time Published on December 10, 2018 User Stringer LLP

The Ontario government introduced Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2018 on December 6, 2018. Bill 66 passed First Reading, and is set to bring about further employer-friendly amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) and the Ontario Labour Relations Act (the “LRA”).

Tag construction labour relations,  employment law,  employment standards

Private member’s Bill seeks union-favourable amendments, without waiting for the Changing Workplaces Review

Time Published on May 08, 2017

Many employers include termination clauses in employment contracts to limit their liability when dismissing employees. When employers draft generous termination provisions providing for more than statutory minimums, they must follow through on that generosity when terminating employees. Failing to do so could leave employers exposed to full liability under the common law.

Tag construction labour relations,  employment standards,  labour relations

New OLRB Rules Make Responding to Construction Industry Applications for Certification Even More Difficult

Time Published on September 17, 2015

A small change to the Ontario Labour Relations Board's response form may have a significant impact on employers' ability to respond accurately in an already brief response window.

Tag construction labour relations,  labour law

Can an Arbitrator Award Damages Against an Employer for Making False Statements to the WSIB?

Time Published on August 13, 2013

Arbitration board has reserved on whether an employee can seek damages against an employer for allegedly providing false information to the WSIB prejudicial to the worker's claim for compensation after a workplace injury.

Tag construction labour relations,  labour relations

When is a Laid off Employee Still an Employee? When he Signs a Construction Union Membership Card

Time Published on June 18, 2013

The Divisional Court recently upheld a decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board in which it held that an employee who spent the majority of the day working in the proposed unit for which the union applied for certification, but only signed a union card after being laid off later that day, would have his wishes counted.

Tag constitutional law,  construction labour relations,  labour relations

Split Hairs and Sector Disputes

Time Published on January 22, 2013

A recent decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board has just made these considerations more treacherous and the process of costing innovative construction projects more difficult.

Tag construction labour relations

ONCA Affirms that OLRB does not have "Superpowers"

Time Published on July 18, 2012

Ontario's top court has affirmed that when the Labour Board sits as arbitrator under s. 133 it must respect, not ignore, the language of the collective agreement.

Tag construction labour relations,  labour relations

OLRB rules on electrician exemption in construction regulation

Time Published on April 23, 2012

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) has ruled that a worker does not have to be a certified or apprentice electrician to interconnect solar panels using “plug-and-play” electrical connectors. This interesting decision will have far-reaching implications for the Solar Industry and probably for other industries as well in which similar connectors are utilized or may be developed. 

Tag construction labour relations,  occupational health and safety