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Unions utilizing creative organizing strategies in the service sector

Employers should take note - Unions are using ever more creative means to engage potential members, especially in sectors with low rates of unionization.  For example, the United Steelworkers are helping temporary foreign workers employed by a Tim Horton’s franchise in British Columbia in their application to the Human Rights Tribunal.

$2.5 Million Canadian Payroll Triggers ESA Severance Obligation

Until recently, I was confident that an Ontario employer would not owe severance pay under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), unless it met the $2.5 million Ontario payroll test.  I am no longer so sure, following a surprising decision of Justice Kane of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in April 2014.

Be careful how you treat employees after advising that a fixed term contract will not be renewed

A recent Alberta decision may make employers reconsider how they give notice that a fixed term employment contract will not be renewed. Geoffrey Thompson was hired as the Regional President, Calgary of Cardel Homes Limited Partnership pursuant to a fixed term contract of 2 years from September 2008 to September 2010. In September 2010, a new contract was entered into between the parties which reappointed him for a 13 month term from September 2010 to October 22, 2011.

Confidentiality Provisions - What are they good for?

In resolutions of disputes between both unionized and non-union employees, confidentiality provisions are often employed and, depending on the circumstances, they may be viewed as a critical component of any settlement.

Proposed Ontario Bill will Impact Unpaid Wages and Temporary Hiring Agencies

Bill 146, entitled “Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act,” was recently introduced into the Ontario Legislature by Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour for the governing Liberal party.  Among other minor adjustments, the proposed changes would significantly increase employees’ ability to recover unpaid wages and transfer a number of potential liabilities from temporary help agencies to their clients.

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After several years of working towards a career in midwifery,  realized she had been focusing on the wrong kind of “labour”.

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While she likes to think she was recruited to the Labour and Employment Group for her experience and knowledge, the truth is, they needed a golfer.

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A former health club manager and wearer of suspenders, Chris brings a 'strong' sense of fashion to the team.

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