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Published on: 27 Nov 2015 By

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Consulting Regarding New System for Calculating Employer Premiums

Most employers in Ontario are subject to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (the “WSIA”), with the majority of those employers falling under Schedule 1 of the legislation. For Schedule 1 employers, contact with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (the “WSIB”) generally occurs only a…

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Published on: 17 Nov 2015 By

No Jeans or Shorts in the Workplace? No Way.

When an employer attempted to institute a formal dress code requiring its staff to wear business casual attire and prohibiting jeans and shorts in the workplace, the union filed a policy grievance. The employer, the British Columbia Assessment Authority, conducts real property assessments an…

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Published on: 3 Nov 2015 By

Unionized Employee Dismissed from Hydro One for Off-Duty Conduct Reinstated to His Former Position

Last summer a significant amount of media attention was focused on employees being terminated for actions that occurred outside of working hours. One of the most notorious cases involved a unionized Hydro One employee who was dismissed for making vulgar and sexist comments to a television ne…

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Published on: 23 Oct 2015 By

NEB updating pipeline damage prevention framework, seeking comments

The National Energy Board (“NEB”) is currently seeking comments on its proposed approach to damage prevention for oil pipelines. Anyone interested in commenting has until November 13, 2015 to do so. The Pipeline Safety Act, SC 2015, c.21, received Royal Assent on June 18, 2015, b…

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Published on: 22 Oct 2015 By

Do employers have to allow their employees to work from home to breastfeed? Flatt v. Treasury Board (Department of Industry)

A female employee with the Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management Operations Branch filed a grievance alleging that she was discriminated against on the basis of sex and family status when her employer failed to accommodate her request to work five days a week from home so she could continue …

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