New Bill to Require Representation Vote Prior to Certification in All Cases

On May 1st, 2013, Bill 62, the Defending Employees’ Rights Act (Certification of Trade Unions), 2013 passed its first reading. The Bill would amend Ontario’s Labour Relations Act, 1995 to prohibit the Ontario Labour Relations Board from certifying a union as a bargaining agent for employees unless a representation vote has been held among the […]

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 […]

2013 California HR Conference

The Professionals in Human Resources Association is hosting the annual California HR Conference from August 26 to 28, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Centre in Anaheim, California. Stephen Bird has been invited to be a presenter at the Conference and will be a member of the Global Employment Strategy discussion panel. Stephen’s program will focus […]