The Ontario government has introduced a bill to make significant changes to employment law in that province. Every BC employer with employees in Ontario should follow the course of these proposed changes.
As our colleagues in Ontario note, the Bill may not become law under the current government, but the proposals are wide-ranging and follow earlier Law Reform Commission recommendations. See their analysis here.… Continue Reading
Other McCarthy Tétrault blogs regularly touch on issues of importance for BC employers. Here is a selection from the last month.
Managing the risks of holiday parties. The office party season can be interesting. Think about how you can manage the risks.
It’s flu season. Tips for dealing with sickness in the workplace.
Trespassing on private property? Maybe not. Think picketing and leafleting. A business’s property rights – and the ability to control trespassing – may not be as clear as you think, especially if the business invites the public on its property or operates in a publicly accessible area.… Continue Reading
Random alcohol and drug testing causes irreparable harm to privacy interests, but not allowing it creates a risk of even greater irreparable harm to safety. That was the decision reached by an Arbitrator who was asked by a union to make an interim order to prevent the employer from implementing its new testing policy. (The decision is Teck Coal Limited, Unreported Arbitration Award, May 9, 2013 (Taylor)).
This is NOT a finding that random alcohol and drug testing is allowed. That is still very much in dispute and this decision was on the narrow issue of whether the employer … Continue Reading