With summer quickly approaching, the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Workplace Safety Week runs from April 22 to 28, 2014. Through their partnerships with other organizations, information has been posted to help students avoid injuries, understand their rights at work, and become aware of work hazards. Unfortunately, even with the utmost precautions, some adolescents will be injured while working, and should be aware of their entitlement to benefits under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.
Building power occupies the minds of most negotiators but seldom do they take (or have) the time to really invest in building what we like to call their ‘equity’ at the table. In the end, having the information at your fingertips will give you confidence in your positions (a critical factor for new negotiators) and you will present yourself as a ‘subject expert’ whether the other side accepts that or not. Making that type of impression on others is the result of your efforts at developing your ‘information’ power base.
We are pleased and excited to introduce Labour of Law, a blog published by the Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP Labour Law Group, which replaces our newsletter. We have earned a reputation as one of the leading labour law firms in Canada, and our lawyers and consultants have extensive experience working with unions in all areas of labour law.
Ontario’s current lien system, as established by way of the Construction Lien Act, addresses those who default on payment, without offering a practical solution for those who are simply slow to pay. This forces many workers to settle for less than what was contractually agreed upon in order to guarantee themselves some form of compensation. Other countries have solved this problem with prompt payments laws. Finally, with Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, 2013, Canada is one step closer to the same reality.