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Temporary foreign workers win sexual harassment case; one awarded $150,000 for "injury to dignity" damages

Jurisdiction: - Ontario
Sector: - Fishing

In O.P.T. v. Presteve Foods Ltd., 2015 HRTO 675 - a decision issued on May 25, 2015 - the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ("OHRT") awarded one of the complainants $150,000 for injury to her dignity, feelings and self-respect due to the sexual solicitations and harassment that she experienced in the workplace. The other complainant was awarded $50,000 for this head of damage.

The $150,000 award is, according to the union that represented the complainants, the new high-watermark for this type of damages in Ontario and, according to some commentators, three times higher than the previous high-water mark.  read more »

Government employees in Canada paid 9.7% more than comparable employees in private-sector

The Fraser Institute issued this news release on June 4, 2015:

Government employees in Canada paid 9.7% more than comparable employees in private-sector

TORONTO-Government employees in Canada receive higher wages and likely more generous non-wage benefits than their private-sector counterparts, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

"As governments across Canada struggle with persistent deficits and growing debt in the face of ongoing negotiations with public-sector unions, now is an opportune time to scrutinize the compensation of government employees nationwide," said Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute and co-author of Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Canada.  read more »

BC Hydro and labour unions reach labour deal to build Site C dam in northeast BC

Topics: - News Releases
Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Utilities

BC Hydro issued this news release today (May 27, 2015):

The BC Building Trades and BC Hydro have secured an agreement on the importance of labour stability on the Site C Clean Energy Project, recognizing that stability is best achieved with a mix of labour representation that includes building trades unions.

The framework allows the project to operate as a managed open site that includes participation from union and non-union workers as well as independent and First Nations contractors.

"This agreement ensures workers from all labour groups can build Site C together and paves the way for the labour stability that I believe British Columbians want as we undertake building the largest hydroelectric project in a generation," said Jessica McDonald, President and CEO, BC Hydro. "It allows for a managed open site and also takes important steps to ensure the BC Building Trades unions will take part in the construction along with all other B.C. workers."  read more »

Federal government given mostly "C grades" for quantity / accessibility of labour market information

Jurisdiction: - All

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release today (May 21, 2015) concerning the federal government's performance on labour market information which, according to the Chamber, helps Canadians find information about jobs and labour market trends and outlooks:

Ottawa, May 21, 2015 - Good information is the basis of good decisions, but when it comes to information about Canada's labour market, the federal government is delivering a poor performance. Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce released How good is Canada's labour market information?, a report card rating the federal government performance on labour market information. It shows a series of mostly C grades on the information Canadian business, educators and job seekers rely on to understand the labour market of today and the future.  read more »

Ontario holding public consultations to strengthen Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act

Topics: - News Releases
Jurisdiction: - Ontario

On May 14, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Labour issued the followinig news release concerning public consultations on the Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act, 2000:

Province Protecting Workers In The Modern Workplace

Ontario is moving forward with public consultations on issues and trends that affect workers and employers across the province in the modern workplace.

Public consultations about how the Labour Relations Act,1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended to keep pace with the changing needs of workers and employers will begin on June 16th in Toronto and will continue
throughout the summer in communities such as Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Guelph, Windsor and London.   read more »