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The Top 10 Human Rights Cases in Canada

Lancaster House is continuing its "Top 10" theme for audioconferences. This time its an audioconference on March 3, 2011 addressing The Top 10 Human Rights Cases. The cases and the issues they address (quoted from Lancaster) are:  read more »

Supreme Court of Canada refuses to hear case concerning Quebec's workplace psychological harassment provisions

Jurisdiction: - Quebec

The Supreme Court of Canada today dismissed a leave to appeal application in a case concerning the psychological harassment provisions in Quebec's Labour Standards Act.

The SCC's website summarizes the case  - Elena Anton v. DMR, a division of Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. and Commission des relations du travail - as follows:

In 2006, Éléna Anton was hired by DMR as a senior systems delivery advisor.  The contract of employment stated that her employment was subject to a six-month probationary period.  In 2007, Ms. Anton consulted her doctor, who gave her a medical certificate for sick leave.

Dissatisfied with the quality of her work, primarily because she did not work well with others and did not follow certain instructions, DMR terminated Ms. Anton's employment at the end of the probationary period.  read more »

The Top 10 Canadian court cases on wrongful dismissal and employment law

For an upcoming audio conference, Lancaster House has listed what it believes are the Top 10 Canadian cases (actually 13) on wrongful dismissal and employment law. In no particular order, it appears, the cases and the issues they address are:  read more »

Leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada filed in case concerning Tribunal's authority to award legal costs

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal
Sector: - Public Safety

In Canada (Attorney General) v. Mowat  2009 FCA 309, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal does not have authority to award legal costs to successful complainants.

This overturned the Tribunal's November 2006 decision, in which it had awarded the complainant $47,000 on account of her legal costs plus interest from the date of the decision to the date of payment.

The Supreme Court of Canada's website shows that the Canadian Human Rights Commission has now filed an application for leave to appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Majority of Supreme Court of Canada rules that national freight forwarder is provincially regulated

Jurisdiction: - Alberta - Canada/Federal
Sector: - Transportation

In Consolidated Fastfrate Inc. v. Western Canada Council of Teamsters, 2009 SCC 53, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a national freight forwarder is provincially regulated.

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