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Mandatory retirement decision will cost UPEI in excess of $1 million to implement

Jurisdiction: - Prince Edward Island
Sector: - Education

In October 2009, I wrote about the PEI Human Rights Commission hearing on mandatory retirement at the University of PEI. The complaint had been brought by three former faculty members at the university. The mandatory retirement policy in question forms part of the collective agreement between the university and the faculty association. 

I can now update this case, although it's a few months after the fact.

The university's VP Finance & Facilities, Gary Bradshaw, issued the following statement on the university's website on June 6, 2010:

Update on Mandatory Retirement: Message from VP Finance & Facilities  read more »

P.E.I. Human Rights Commission hearing on mandatory retirement at UPEI comes to close

Jurisdiction: - Prince Edward Island
Sector: - Education

A P.E.I. Human Rights Commission panel heard closing arguments yesterday on whether mandatory retirement at the University of Prince Edward Island is discriminatory, according to a CBC News report.

The complaint has been brought by three former faculty members at the university.

The mandatory retirement policy in question forms part of the collective agreement between the university and the faculty association. This March 2009 memo from the faculty association to its members provides background information about why the policy was included in the collective agremeent.

PEI has abolished mandatory retirement generally, but section 11 of the PEI Human Rights Act provides that:

The provisions of this Act relating to discrimination in relation to age or physical or intellectual disability do not affect the operation of any genuine retirement or pension plan or any genuine group or employee insurance plan.  read more »

BC extends student WorkSafeBC coverage to independent schools

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Education

The BC Government announced today that students in independent schools "who participate in unpaid work experience opportunities to meet graduation requirements will now have their WorkSafeBC fees covered by the Province just like students in the public school system".

You can read the full mediea release here.

Court has jurisdiction over defamation action brought by unionized employee against employer

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Education

The BC Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision that held that a public school teacher's defamation action against his principal and school board was a matter that arose under the collective agreement and was thus not within in the court's jurisdiction.

Background

The teacher, while off on a medical leave, attended the school and caused a disturbance that resulted in criminal charges and disciplinary action by the BC College of Teachers. (The College's disciplinary action was subsequently overturned by the court on the basis that the teacher had been incompetent due to his medical condition).

As part of the same court action, the teacher brought the defamation action in relation to comments the principal had allegedly made to a police officer.  read more »