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December 9, 2014

Denton’s Occupational Health and Safety group covers the Schmig decision of the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) from earlier this spring. The CIRB dismissed a safety reprisal complaint brought by the self-represented Schmig after he missed a number of deadlines … Continue reading

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December 8, 2014

Kyla Stott-Jess of Fasken Martineua writes on HR Hero about several employment law lessons to be learned from the Ghomeshi matter. Among them? Discipline for employee’s conduct in their private lives, employers’ obligation to prevent harassment, and whether a member … Continue reading

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December 5, 2014

Stuart Rudner on avoiding common employment law misconceptions: Small to midsize employers, many HR professionals, and many lawyers proceed based upon completely inaccurate understandings of how employment law works. While there are many examples of this, there are three that … Continue reading

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December 4, 2014

Came across this article on how to stop wasting time in meetings while surfing the web on my phone during a meeting yesterday: http://online.wsj.com/articles/how-to-stop-wasting-colleagues-time-1417562658 The Ontario Court of Appeal, in a decision dealing with the approval of a receiver’s legal … Continue reading

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December 3, 2014

The Ontario Supreme Court upheld on judicial review an arbitrator’s award striking down the employer’s imposition of mandatory pre-access drug and alcohol testing. The employer had complied with a direction from Suncor that all contractors providing goods and services to it … Continue reading

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December 2, 2014

Amendments to Alberta’s PIPA passed third reading last night: http://www.assembly.ab.ca/net/index.aspx?p=bills_status&selectbill=003&legl=28&session=3 In Consbec Inc. v. Walker, the BC SC awarded damages to an employer against an employee for failure to give reasonable notice of resignation: [220]     Peter worked for Consbec for approximately … Continue reading

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December 1, 2014

The Calgary Herald picks up the story of the Syncrude manager fired for cause after a night of regrettable behaviour at a company function. The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the termination last month: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/albertas-top-court-upholds-oil-executive-firing-for-harassment http://www.canlii.org/en/ab/abca/doc/2014/2014abca362/2014abca362.html HRM Online writes of … Continue reading

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November 27, 2014

Earlier this year, class action lawsuits were filed against the Canadian Hockey League alleging that the players were in fact employees and entitled to the protection of minimum employment standards legislation. Stuart Rudner posits in a recent article in the … Continue reading

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November 26, 2014

News broke yesterday that Ghomeshi has agreed to withdraw his $55M lawsuit against the CBC. His beef will be proceeding through arbitration. He will also be picking up the tab for the CBC’s $18,000 in legal costs. I don’t know … Continue reading

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November 25, 2014

News came out yesterday that WetJet’s flight attendants rejected a tentative agreement with the airline. CUPE and a group calling itself the WestJet Professional Flight Attendants Association (WPFFA) have been working to have employees sign membership cards lately: http://www.labour-reporter.com/articleview/22894-westjet-flight-attendants-vote-to-reject-tentative-agreement-with-airline http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/westjet-flight-attendants-reject-tentative-agreement Blakes … Continue reading

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