It might seem simple, but keeping these rules in mind when deciding to file a grievance can avoid a lot of trouble down the road.
The Federal Court recently overturned a finding of harassment against a CRTC commissioner because of bias. In Shoan v Attorney General [Canada], the CRTC ordered a harassment investigation after a staff member accused a Commissioner of harassing her via email.
With the proliferation of new technology and how entwined it is in our private lives, the courts have recognized the need to protect personal privacy in this sphere. When it comes to the electronic devices we use in the workplace, the law is still developing.
Sustaining a workplace head injury is one of the most serious of all on-the-job injuries. A blow or a jolt to the head can disrupt the normal function of the brain. This is called a brain injury or concussion. The severity of the injury may not be initially evident, therefore it should be reported to your employer and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) right away.
Many areas of the law utilize the Canadian court system and judges within that system to resolve their disputes. Should you ever have to go through this system, you will probably notice that it is very formalized, with many rules attached to every step of litigation. Arbitration, on the other hand, is a completely different way to resolve disputes. Here are three main differences between a trial and an arbitration.
Since February, federal public service employees have been suffering a huge range of payroll problems as a result of the Federal Government switching to the new Phoenix payroll system. These payroll aberrations have put many employees in desperate situations. Unfortunately, these problems are neither new nor unique. Previous case law on these issues indicates that the Federal Government could face serious repercussions as a result of the Phoenix mess.
In December, I wrote about the challenges junior hockey players have faced in their attempt to unionize and enforce their basic employment rights, such as minimum wage. As though these attempts were not difficult enough, provincial governments have been actively trying to make it even harder for players to enforce even their minimum employment rights.
There used to be a debate about levels of damages in human rights cases. Often the unsuccessful party would challenge the decision in a human rights case in court in the hopes that damages awards would be reduced. Parties are going to have to rethink that strategy in light of the ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Strudwick v. Applied Consumer and Clinical Evaluations.
This post is meant as a handy guide to searching for labour cases. It will look at free legal search engines as well as paid commercial services.
In camera (or closed-door) meetings exclude the public from participating and, by their very nature, enjoy an aspect of privacy that open meetings do not. However, in certain circumstances, the courts may require that parties give evidence of what transpires in these meetings – in particular where they relate to administrative bodies acting as employers, rather than carrying out public functions.