The federal Ministry of Labour issued the following news release on December 8, 2014:
Minister Leitch and United States Labor Secretary Tom Perez hold bilateral talks in Ottawa
Minister Leitch and Secretary Perez discussed paid leave and the advancement of women in the workplace
December 8, 2014- Gatineau, Quebec - Employment and Social Development Canada
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, discussed bilateral labour issues with her American counterpart, the Honorable Tom Perez, United States Secretary of Labor, during his first official visit to Canada.
Secretary Perez expressed an interest in paid leave as a means of boosting labour market participation and wished to learn about Canada's approach to it from Minister Leitch. read more »
The BC Federation of Labour issued the following news release on November 26, 2014 outlining its new camaign to increase the province's minimum wage, which currently sits at $10.25 for most jobs, to $15:
BCFED launches Fight For $15 campaign to increase the minimum wage
November 26, 2014
VANCOUVER - The BC Federation of Labour has launched the Fight For $15 campaign, calling on the provincial government to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour.
"At the current minimum wage, working full-time is not enough to lift a worker out of poverty," said Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour. "It has been almost three years since the last increase to the minimum wage. Workers fall behind when their wage is stagnant, yet the cost of living goes up each year." read more »
The Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner's office issued the news release below today (November 20, 2014) in relation to proposed amendments to the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act.
The proposed amendments have been tabled by the Alberta government in response to a decision issued by the Supreme Court of Canada in December 2013. See my post here: "SCC rules that AB PIPA violates freedom of expression in the labour relations context; PIPA struck down".
The proposed amendments also follow a letter that the Alberta Commissioner, Jill Clayton, wrote in December 2013, following the Supreme Court of Canada's decision. See my post here:"Alberta Privacy Commissioner pens letter regarding how to make Alberta PIPA constitutionally compliant"
November 20, 2014 read more »
Discriminatory to provide birth mothers same amount of top-up benefits as birth fathers, adoptive parents
In a rare oral judgment that was issued on November 12, 2014 - British Columbia Teachers' Federation v. British Columbia Public School Employers' Association, 2014 SCC 70 - the Supreme Court of Canada overturned a decision by the BC Court of Appeal and restored the decision of a labour arbitrator concerning top-up benefits provided to teachers who are new parents.
The labour arbitrator, John B. Hall, had ruled that it was discriminatory - under section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and section 13 of the BC Human Rights Code - to provide the same amount of top-up benefits to birth mothers as birth fathers and adoptive parents.
Specifically, Arbitrator Hall had ruled: read more »
Amendments to the Canada Labour Code - Part II that came into effect on October 28, 2014 are intended to narrow an employee's right to refuse work on basis it is not safe ((under sec. 128 of the Code).
For more information on these amendments, see read more »
Alberta Court of Appeal agrees that Syncrude had just cause to dismiss senior employee for sexual harassment
In Clarke v Syncrude Canada Ltd, 2014 ABCA 362, the Alberta Court of Appeal agreed that Syncrude Canada Inc. had just cause to dismiss a 55 year old assistant comptroller who engaged in sexual harassment.
The appeal court summarized the former employee's misconduct and the company's response as follows:
 The facts are fully set out in the trial reasons, so only a brief summary of the facts is necessary here. Clarke began employment with Syncrude in 1983. When terminated in 2005, he was 55 years old, an assistant comptroller and Syncrude's key contact with its pension fund administrator. read more »
Class action lawsuit launched against Canadian Hockey League for breach of employment standards obligations
Ontario lawyer Ted Charney, Charney Lawyers, announced that he has filed a class action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League for breach of employment standards legislation as it relates to the junior hockey players who play in the league. This is his press release:
CHL CLASS ACTION LAUNCHED TORONTO, October 20, 2014 - A class action has been commenced on behalf of all players in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Western Hockey League (WHL), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) who entered into contracts with the teams in those leagues. It is alleged that the contracts with the players are employment contracts that contravene the minimum wage set by the legislation governing each jurisdiction where a team is domiciled.
The defendants are the Canadian Hockey League, the OHL, the WHL, the QMJHL, and the sixty teams that play in each of these leagues. read more »
Canada's labour relations laws restrict worker choice, discourage investment, job growth, says Fraser Institute
The Frasr Institute issued this news release on August 28, 2014
VANCOUVER-As Labour Day approaches, Canada's biased labour relations laws are failing workers, restricting their choices, and potentially stunting job growth and investment, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
The study, Labour Relations Laws in Canada and the United States, provides an empirical analysis of labour relations laws in the private sector for the 10 Canadian provinces, the Canadian federal government, and the 50 U.S. states. The study's Index of Labour Relations Laws provides an overall measurement of the extent to which jurisdictions achieve balance in their labour relations laws. read more »