Why Are Unions Good For Canadian Workers?

Blog Post
March 9, 2017

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.

Is That A Cheese Stick In Your Pocket? Dismissal For Off-Duty Conduct

Blog Post
February 14, 2017

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.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Work Parties

Blog Post
December 21, 2016

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 »

À quoi s’attendre lors d’un arbitrage de griefs (French)

Video Post
December 9, 2016

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 »

What to Expect in an Arbitration – Part I

Video Post
December 9, 2016

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 »

What to Expect in an Arbitration – Part II: The Role of Witnesses

Video Post
December 9, 2016

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 »

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, And Goodbye Free Elton John Tickets!

Blog Post
December 7, 2016

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 »

SCC Delivers Swift Victory For The BC Teachers’ Federation

Blog Post
November 23, 2016

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.