Entries by BirdRichard

When a Swimming Pool is Just a Swimming Pool

As a result of Blue Mountain Resorts Ltd. v. Bok, injuries sustained by guests while on an employer’s premises do not turn every inch of those premises into a “worksite” for the purposes of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“the Act”). Blue Mountain Resort Limited owns and operates an all-season resort and recreational facility […]

Human Rights Protections Against Hate Speech Limited by Freedom of Expression

William Whatcott distributed flyers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, two of which were entitled “Keep Homosexuality out of Saskatoon’s Public Schools!” and “Sodomites in our Public Schools”. Complaints were lodged with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission claiming that these flyers promoted hatred against individuals based on their sexual orientation in contravention of section 14 of the Saskatchewan […]

Legislative Update: Leaves to Help Families

On March 5th, 2013, the Ontario government proposed an amendment to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, (“ESA”), entitled the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2013 to create three job-protected leaves: * Family Caregiver Leave: up to eight weeks of unpaid leave for employees to provide care and support to a family member […]

Proposed Regulation Regarding Mandatory Health and Safety Training for All Workers and Supervisors

The Ministry of Labour has proposed to introduce new regulatory requirements that would require employers to ensure that all workers and supervisors complete mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training programs. The proposed requirements would apply to everyone who meets the current definitions of “worker” and “supervisor” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Should […]

Amendments to the Canada Labour Code

The Canada Labour Code (the Code) in the areas of holiday pay, wage-related complaints, the period covered by payment orders, and review mechanisms, these amendments were enacted in December 2012. These amendments are not industry-specific. Rather, they pertain to all federally-regulated employers. The most substantive amendments are presented in detail below. 1) Holiday Pay Bill […]

Firm Announcement

The Firm welcomes our new Associate, Sheri Enikanolaiye. Sheri has completed her articles with the Firm and has recently been called to the Bar.

Employer Can Waive Notice of Resignation Without Pay in Quebec

Can an employer waive notice of resignation without pay? In Quebec, the answer is yes, at least for now. Daniel Guay worked for Asphalte Desjardins Inc., but then secured preferable employment with a competitor. He provided his employer with three weeks’ written notice of resignation, but the employer decided to immediately terminate his employment. The […]

Post-Discharge Termination Upheld on Judicial Review

In a recent decision, successfully argued by Bird Richard, the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench upheld a decision by Arbitrator Frumkin, in which he held that Canada Post could terminate an employee who had already been discharged. Ronald LeBlanc, a letter carrier, was terminated for abusive conduct to a customer. At the disciplinary meeting, […]

Employee Dismissed for Cause after Breach of Privacy Policy

In Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, the Supreme Court of British Columbia upheld the termination of an employee on a with cause basis after the employee breached the bank’s confidentiality policy. Susan Steel had worked for Coast Capital Savings Credit Union for over 20 years. At the time of her dismissal, she was […]