Big news from Ontario on overtime claims – the Court of Appeal will allow claims for statutory overtime by CIBC and Bank of Nova Scotia employees to proceed as class actions.
Fortunately for British Columbia employers, such class actions are still not possible in British Columbia.
CIBC won the first two rounds of the fight, and BNS was hoping to get the same break at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Instead, both class action claims have been certified, allowing the overtime claims on behalf of the banks’ employees to proceed. Subject to appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada, employees … Continue Reading
There has been a lot of recent talk of employers asking job applicants for social media passwords. The idea is fraught with problems for employers and it is far from clear that the information gained makes the problems and risks worthwhile.
Many of the issues are usefully canvassed in a piece in today’s Globe.
BUT – there is a danger for employers in British Columbia. The piece in the Globe suggests that the only restriction on an employer asking an applicant for a social media password is human rights. But under the Personal Information Protection Act (British Columbia), there … Continue Reading
The world’s economic struggles continue and Canada’s economic recovery is affected. Even so, we at least are doing relatively well and one measure is renewed talk of the challenge of recruiting and retaining talent. While unemployment remains high, many skilled job openings are unfilled. This is both a current drag on economic growth and a long-term concern that we may be creating a permanent class of the un- or under-employed.
The recent Federal Budget addressed some human capital issues with some initiatives on Employment Insurance and Immigration. The Budget also addressed Old Age Security and the size of the federal … Continue Reading