Facing an impending strike, Herbert Law assisted a social service employer negotiate with a large public sector union to settle a fiscally responsible collective agreement that will ensure the employer’s financial viability.
New Accessibility Obligations: Compliance Required by January 1, 2012 The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was introduced with the goal of achieving complete accessibility throughout Ontario for persons with disabilities. The specific obligations on public and private sector organizations …
Arbitrator concludes that agreement pursuant to the Arbitration Act between employer and union was void and unenforceable since union did not have legal status to enter into such agreement in light of the Rights of Labour Act. As a result, the claims against the employer were dismissed.
— Counsel: David L.W. Francis — Research: Sara Malkin
Scope of Workplace Harassment Obligations Defined by Ontario Labour Relations Board The Ontario Labour Relations Board (“the Board”) recently released a pair of decisions which consider the scope of the amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“the OHSA”) …
Arbitrator allows meat-packing company to require that doctors’ notes from employees returning from illness must expressly state that the employee is fit to return to work in a “food-packing plant”.
— Counsel: Dan Leone — Research: Jim McKeown
Elizabeth Keenan spoke at Lancaster House’s Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference on the subject of Innovative Contract Provisions: Addressing Workplace Challenges Through Collective Agreement Language.
Ontario Labour Relations Board declines to look into the ‘single employer’ application brought by a health-care union against a care-provider chain and it’s spin-off employment agency because there had been no erosion of the union’s bargaining rights.
— Counsel: David J. Defrancesco
Court Finds Labour Board Lacks Power to Extend Time Limits for Referring Construction Grievances to Arbitration On October 7, 2011, the Ontario Divisional Court released its decision on Greater Essex County District School Board. This decisionoverturned the Ontario Labour Relations …