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Robert Beccarea reappointed to Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal

Topics: - Appointments
Sector: - Film & TV

On October 27, 2011, the federal Minister of Labour, Lisa Raitt, announced that Robert Beccarea had been reappointed as a part-time member of the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal(CAPPRT).

The news release, in its entirety, reads as follows:

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Labour, today announced the reappointment of Mr. Robert Beccarea as a part-time member of the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal (CAPPRT), for a one-year term, effective immediately.

"I am pleased that Mr. Beccarea has accepted this reappointment to the CAPPRT," said Minister Raitt. "His experience, knowledge and leadership in the field of labour relations will continue to be assets to the Tribunal."  read more »

"A New Twist on Director’s Liability for Unpaid Wages in a Unionized Environment"

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Film & TV

Kevin O'Neill, a lawyer at Faskens, has written an article entitled, "A New Twist on Director’s Liability for Unpaid Wages in a Unionized Environment" (March 15, 2011). The article was published in the firm's HR Space newsletter.

It addresses the decision of the BC Employment Standards Tribunal in Writers Guild of Canada and The Director of Employment Standards, BC EST #RD021/11.

As noted by Mr. O'Neil in the article:

  • The BC Employment Standards Act imposes liability on directors or officers for up to two months of unpaid wages for each affected employee.
  • However, in the Writers Guild case, a company director "avoided ESA enforcement proceedings against him because the unpaid amounts arose out of an arbitration award against the company, in a unionized setting".

"Temporary Foreign Worker Program - Information Technology Specialists"

Sector: - Film & TV - High Tech

Jennifer Ervick, a lawyer at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg, has written a brief entitled, "Temporary Foreign Worker Program - Information Technology Specialists" (June 2010).

The brief highlights the fact that, "On September 30, 2010 the temporary foreign worker program for information technology (IT) specialists will come to an end (except for employers wanting to hire foreign workers for positions in Quebec)".

The brief further notes that there have been seven occupations covered by the program:

  1. Senior Animation Effects Editor
  2. Embedded Systems Software Designer 
  3. MIS Software Designer 
  4. Multimedia Software Developer 
  5. Software Developer Services
  6. Software Products Developer
  7. Telecommunications Software Designer

BC Labour Relations Board issues decision flowing from film industry inquiry

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Film & TV

The BC Labour Relations Board issued it decision today flowing from the film industry inquiry.

The Board had been ordered to conduct the inquiry - under section 41 of the Labour Relations Code - by the BC Minister of Labour and Citizens' Services in February 2008. The Minister was concerned that the film industry was "facing various challenges and factors that threaten industrial stability".

The parties involved in the inquiry were the:  read more »

BC Privacy Commissioner Issues Two Decisions that Address "Employee Personal Information"

Topics: - Privacy
Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Film & TV

The BC Privacy Commissioner recently issued two decisions which address "employee personal information", as well as some other issues of interest under the BC Personal Information Protection Act ("PIPA").

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation decision

In the Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Order P06-04) decision, the Complainant worked in the film industry and complained to the BC Privacy Commissioner about the following practices by Twentieth Century Fox and a company it had incorporated to produce the Fantastic Four film (together, "Fox"):

  • Fox's requirement that applicants for its film crew provide information to prove residency in BC during the year immediately before filming;
  • Fox's refusal to provide a copy of its written privacy policy; and 
  • Fox's decision to store the residency information it collects at its head office in Los Angeles.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Residency Information
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"Managing Relationships wih Independent Contractors"

Sector: - Film & TV

Mark E. Geiger, a labour and employment lawyer at Blaney McMurtry in Ontario, has prepared a paper entitled "Managing Relationships with Independent Contractors". The paper addresses the following:  read more »