27 Jun 2016
June 27, 2016


First posted in April 2015, re-posted June 2016 Sometimes you have to think outside the box.  When I first began practicing labour law one of my clients had a very unique situation.  They were in the business of placing glass on the outside of a new, very tall office building.  The unionized installers had to.. read more →

The essence of a wrongful dismissal action is the fact that the employer has terminated the employee without cause and without reasonable working notice. In the absence of a written enforceable agreement the court must decide what is reasonable notice. There are many myths around the rules. For example many (including some lawyers) believe that.. read more →

There are a number of statutes that give various boards the authority to order reinstatement of an employee.  For example the Labour Relations Board, arbitrators under a collective agreement, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, an adjudicator under the Unjust Dismissal provisions of the Canada Labour Code, the Director of Employment Standards and the Workers Compensation.. read more →

I always find it interesting to read cases where the employer is a union.  There is somehow an irony in seeing a union qua employer taking a hard-nosed stand against its employees who may be represented by a union.  In a recent court case where the Telecommunications Workers Union was the employer/defendant the result was.. read more →

A Spanish court has ruled that a civil servant who failed to show up to work for years in the southern city of Cadiz must pay back nearly 27,000 euros in wages. The ruling said the employee of a city-owned water utility did not appear at the office for up to six years and “did.. read more →