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FortisBC applies to BC Labour Relations Board to have certain work functions designated as essential

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Utilities

FortisBC has filed an application to have certain work functions designated as essential services under the BC Labour Relations Code.

This is the second BC utility to file such an application in the last few months. Back in April 2012, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia ("ICBC") - the province's "basic insurance" vehicle insurer - also filed an essential services application. More information about that application, including the application itself,  can be found on COPE 378's website here.

FortisBC's May 31, 2012 news release states as follows:  read more »

BC announces ministerial regulation establishling timelines for BC Labour Relations Board decisions

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The BC Government issued a news release on March 21, 2012 announcing a ministerial regulation establishling timelines for BC Labour Relations Board decisions. Here's the release:

A ministerial regulation establishing timelines for Labour Relations Board decisions will ensure timely resolution of workplace disputes, Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid announced.

Labour Relations Board decisions will need to be managed within 180 days from the date an application is filed ensuring workplace disputes are quickly resolved. The new 180-day timeline includes the time to make submissions, conduct oral hearings and finalize the decision-making process involving matters under the Labour Relations Code.  read more »

Upcoming conferences on labour, employment, human rights, privacy, immigration, pensions & benefits law

The table below contains a comprehensive list of the upcoming workplace law (employment, labour, human rights, pensions, privacy and immigration) conferences in Canada in 2011. The full names of the service providers, and links to their sites, are at the bottom of the page.

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Court assesses appropriate scope of BC Labour Relations Board's participation in judicial review of its own decision

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

In Canadian Office and Professional  Employees Union, Local 378 v. Lantic Inc., 2011 BCSC 242, the BC Supreme Court assessed the appropriate scope the BC Labour Relations Board's (BCLRB) participation in a judicial review of its own decision.

The decision of the BCLRB under review concerns management exclusions from the bargaining unit. It can be accessed in a June 2010 post of mine found here.

First collective agreement in Canada specifically for migrant agricultural workers negotiated by UFCW Canada Local 1518

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Agriculture

The UFCW Canada Local 1518 has posted an article on its website announcing what it is calling the first collective agreement in Canada specifically for migrant agricultural workers. The website goes on to note:

  • the migrant workers work at Sidhu & Sons Nursery in Abbotsford BC;
  • the workers are primarily from Mexico and Jamaica;
  • they come to Canada each year under the federal government's Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP);
  • a unique feature of the collective agreement is that it is specifically for the migrant workers at Sidhu & Sons, rather than the entire workforce; and
  • the collective agreement provides the migrant workers with, among other things, a grievance procedure, seniority rights, recall rights, paid breaks, increased vacation pay, and a wage increase.

The history of this case before the BC Labour Relations Board was long and drawn out, as evidenced by the following:  read more »

Facebook postings about employer that were offensive, insulting, disrespectful provided cause for termination

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

In a decision issued on October 25, 2010, the BC Labour Relations Board ruled that the employer had just cause to terminate the employment of two employees because of their offensive, insulting, disrespectful and damaging Facebook postings about the employer.

The decision is Lougheed Imports Ltd. operating West Coast Mazda doing business as West Coast Detail & Accessory Centre -and- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 1518, BCLRB No. B190/2010.

As the Board stated in the decision:  read more »