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Punitive damages awarded against employee for theft

Topics: - Punitive Damages - Theft
Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Construction

In the recent case of Premium Weatherstripping Inc. v. Ghassemi, 2017 BCSC 2191, the court awarded damages against a shareholding General Manager and an employee who
conspired together to fraudulently remove products for resale.

The judgment included an award of punitive damages in the amount of $30,000 jointly and severally against the defendants. Unsurprisingly, the court dismissed the employee's wrongful dismissal counterclaim. 

SCC affirms employees can file discrimination complaints against workers from other companies

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Construction

In British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that workers have the ability to file complaints of discrimination against individuals employed by other companies. 

In some industries it is common to have employees from multiple different contractors working on the same site. The effect of the SCC's ruling is to extend the obligations under the Human Rights Code to all fellow workers even where they are employed by other companies. 

Amendments to Saskatchewan's Construction Industry Labour Relations Act come into force July 1, 2010

Jurisdiction: - Saskatchewan
Sector: - Construction

The Government of Saskatchewan issued a news release today concerning the amendments to the Construction Industry Labour Relations Act that come into force on July 1, 2010. As set out in the press release, the amendments:

  • allow a trade union to organize a company on a multi-trade, or "all
    employee" basis, as well as on a craft, or single trade basis;
  • enable any trade union to certify an employer; and
  • allow employers to choose the Representative Employers' Organization that will represent them.