Employers and workers are often at competing ends of the same spectrum – employers are focused on the business aspect of the company, whereas workers are focused on doing a good job and earning a good salary. Obviously, increasing workload while decreasing expenses means more revenue for employers, but what about the workers? Is this a positive situation for them as well? It certainly wasn’t before the rise of the labour movement.
Can I do whatever I like outside of work, without it affecting my job? What about if we’re talking criminal activity? Can I be fired for something that happens when I am off duty? These were the questions considered in a recent labour arbitration Grand Erie District School Board v Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, District 23.
With the ongoing political tornado in the United States, it is sometimes hard to decide what the stakes are for Canadian workers.
Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Alex Dezan, Student-at-Law in writing this blog post. With the holiday season upon us, ‘tis the season to talk about the night before Christmas we all look forward to at the workplace: the annual holiday work party. These celebrations come in all shapes and sizes: afternoon teas,… Read more »
All hockey fans should remember the NHL lockout in 2005. We missed a full NHL season while the NHL and the NHLPA (National Hockey League Players’ Association) renegotiated the terms of their collective agreement. In 2012 we lost half a season to a second lockout. During both lockouts, the NHL and NHLPA added terms to… Read more »
Sean McGee, avocat dans les groupes droit du travail et de l’emploi, répond à l’une des questions les plus fréquemment posées « À quoi est-ce que je peux m’attendre lors d’un arbitrage? » Voir aussi: remarques à l’intention à une audience d’arbitrage Communiquez avec avocat du droit du travail Sean McGee, par telephone au 613-231-8232,… Read more »
Steve Waller, a lawyer in the Labour and Employment Law Groups at Nelligan O’Brien Payne, answers one of the most commonly asked questions from new union representatives: what should I expect at an arbitration? See also Tips on How to Prepare to be a Witness, which is referred to in Part II. View part two… Read more »
In part two of this two-part series, Steve Waller, a lawyer in the Labour and Employment Law groups at Nelligan O’Brien Payne, describes the role of the witness in an arbitration. In case you missed it: view part one of this series of videos. See also Tips on How to Prepare to be a Witness,… Read more »
Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Sarah Mansour, Student-at-Law in writing this blog post. When it comes to codes of conduct, how strict should an employer be in penalizing breaches? Is a “momentary lapse in judgement” a reasonable excuse? In Stewart v. Deputy Head (Canada Border Services Agency), the Public Service Labour Relations… Read more »
For 14 years, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (‘BCTF’) has battled the BC government over class size and composition. The battle began in 2002 when the Province – with Christy Clarke as Education Minister at the time – passed two statutes removing teachers’ ability to negotiate class size and composition forever. This decision sparked years of protesting.