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SCC: Wal-Mart's decision to close recently unionized store in Quebec violated "statutory freeze" provisions

In United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 503 v. Wal‑Mart Canada Corp. 2014 SCC 45, a 5/2 majority of the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Wal-Mart's decision to close a recently unionized store in Jonquière, Quebec violated the "statutory freeze" provisions found in Section 59 of the Quebec Labour Code.

The case headnote is as follows:   read more »

Federal government completes "target benefit pension plan" consultations

Topics: - Pensions
Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The federal government issued the news release below yesterday (June 25, 2014) regarding the target benefit pension plan consultations that it commenced in late April 2014.

Target benefit pension plans - also known as shared risk plans - represent an alternative to defined benefit or defined contribution pension plans.  Several provinces have already passed legislation providing for target benefit pension plans, but in many cases that legislation is not yet in force.

Harper Government Completes Public Target Benefit Plan Consultations  read more »

Exec not acting in employment-related capacity when he massaged employee's neck; civil claim can proceed

Jurisdiction: - Ontario

In Decision No. 727/13, 2014 ONWSIAT 1128, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Appeals Tribunal ("WSIB) ruled that an executive was not acting in an employment-related capacity when he massaged an employee's neck. As such, the employee's right to sue the executive was not removed by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and her civil claim against the executive could proceed.

The case summary provides a follows:

The plaintiff brought an action against her employer and an executive officer of the employer. The defendants applied to determine whether the plaintiff's right of action was taken away.  read more »

Seattle City Council unanimously approves adoption of $15 per hour minimum wage phased in over time

Topics: - Minimum Wage
Jurisdiction: - United States

Today, some 225 kms down Interstate-5 from Vancouver, the Seattle (Washington) City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage to be phased in over time. This is the full June 2, 2014 news release from the Council:

City Council Approves $15/hour Minimum Wage in Seattle

Historic vote addresses income inequality

SEATTLE - Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage today, making Seattle the first major city in America to take such an action to address income inequality. Beginning April 1, 2015, the legislation will phase-in a $15 per hour minimum wage annually over 3 to 7 years, depending on employer size.  read more »