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Ontario Case Draws New Line on Power of Arbitrator to Review Drug Testing Policies

2021-11-17T08:11:11-08:00

Arbitrator declines union’s bid to overturn nuclear power plant testing policy based on federal regulations. Labour arbitration boards have served as the primary battlefield in the decades-long war between employers [...]

Ontario Case Draws New Line on Power of Arbitrator to Review Drug Testing Policies2021-11-17T08:11:11-08:00

OK to Require Medical Exam of Marijuana User’s Fitness for Safety-Sensitive Job

2021-11-04T08:23:17-07:00

An energy company required safety-sensitive workers to pass pre-assignment drug testing before letting them work at the refinery. The company learned that a journeyman electrician the union sent to the [...]

OK to Require Medical Exam of Marijuana User’s Fitness for Safety-Sensitive Job2021-11-04T08:23:17-07:00

Strong OHS Program Not Enough to Prove Due Diligence for Foreseeable Risk

2021-11-04T08:20:58-07:00

Residual stored energy caused a machine that was supposedly locked out to start up unexpectedly and amputate a worker’s thumbs. The employer argued that it exercised due diligence to comply [...]

Strong OHS Program Not Enough to Prove Due Diligence for Foreseeable Risk2021-11-04T08:20:58-07:00

Drivers Can Bring Breach of Contract Class Action Lawsuit against Uber

2021-11-04T07:53:00-07:00

Drivers and delivery personnel have filed a $400 million class action lawsuit contending that Uber improperly classified them as “independent contractors” to avoid having to pay them the ESA, EI [...]

Drivers Can Bring Breach of Contract Class Action Lawsuit against Uber2021-11-04T07:53:00-07:00

Potential Suicide Risks Grounds for Workers Comp Not to Pay for Medical Pot

2021-11-04T07:41:18-07:00

Does workers comp have to pay for medical marijuana legally prescribed to treat a former prison guard’s work-related post-traumatic stress disordered? After ping-ponging around the workers comp appeals tribunals, a [...]

Potential Suicide Risks Grounds for Workers Comp Not to Pay for Medical Pot2021-11-04T07:41:18-07:00

Wrongfully Terminated Employee Wins $100,000 in Lost Opportunity Damages

2021-11-04T07:29:16-07:00

Four months into her articling (i.e., legal internship) term, a law student was fired for alleged plagiarism and disclosing confidential law firm information. The court concluded that neither charge was [...]

Wrongfully Terminated Employee Wins $100,000 in Lost Opportunity Damages2021-11-04T07:29:16-07:00

COVID-Strapped Airline Can Cut Inactive Employees’ Benefits to Stay in Business

2021-11-03T10:50:18-07:00

Feeling the strains of the pandemic, a business travel company put 90% of its workforce on temporary layoff. The only good news was that the company promised to maintain their [...]

COVID-Strapped Airline Can Cut Inactive Employees’ Benefits to Stay in Business2021-11-03T10:50:18-07:00

Court Refuses to Pull Plug on RCMP Employees’ $1.1 Billion Harassment Lawsuit

2021-11-03T10:46:54-07:00

A group of RCMP employees who claim they were harassed and bullied at work filed a $1.1 billion class action against their employer for “systemic negligence” in allowing the behaviour [...]

Court Refuses to Pull Plug on RCMP Employees’ $1.1 Billion Harassment Lawsuit2021-11-03T10:46:54-07:00

Can Employer Pre-Test to Screen Union Employee Qualifications for Open Jobs?

2021-11-02T10:51:59-07:00

Unions objected to SaskTel’s “unilateral and arbitrary” use of pre-testing applicants for vacant positions and automatically excluding anyone who flunked from consideration. Under the collective agreement, open positions should go [...]

Can Employer Pre-Test to Screen Union Employee Qualifications for Open Jobs?2021-11-02T10:51:59-07:00

Creating New IT Position Outside Bargaining Unit Not an Unfair Labour Practice

2021-10-28T15:13:07-07:00

In 2019, the Labour Relations Board ruled that an insurance company committed an unfair labour practice by unilaterally establishing a new IT supervisor position outside the scope of the bargaining [...]

Creating New IT Position Outside Bargaining Unit Not an Unfair Labour Practice2021-10-28T15:13:07-07:00

Was Terminating Employee After 36 Months of Disability Leave Discrimination?

2021-11-04T15:06:00-07:00

After 36 months of disability leave and no prospects, an employer decided enough is enough and terminated an administrator’s employment. The union claimed the employer violated its human rights law [...]

Was Terminating Employee After 36 Months of Disability Leave Discrimination?2021-11-04T15:06:00-07:00

Arbitrator Upholds Firing Staffer for Unauthorized Access of Patient Records

2021-10-28T14:57:59-07:00

A hospital fired a Kidney Care Program clerk with 14 years of service for improperly accessing a patient’s medical record. The clerk denied accessing the information; but the hospital’s witnesses [...]

Arbitrator Upholds Firing Staffer for Unauthorized Access of Patient Records2021-10-28T14:57:59-07:00

Top Court Upholds Constitutionality of Manitoba Public Employee Wage Cap Law

2021-10-28T14:32:09-07:00

To control public sector wages, Manitoba adopted a 2017 law called The Public Services Sustainability Act, capping wage increases to a specified annual amount over a 4-year period. The unions [...]

Top Court Upholds Constitutionality of Manitoba Public Employee Wage Cap Law2021-10-28T14:32:09-07:00
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