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Court Response to Modification of Retiree Benefits: What don’t you understand about a deal is a deal is a deal?

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The recent decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Lacey v. Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, 2012 BCSC 353 found that employers do not have the right to change the terms of promised retiree benefits once an employee retires. The five plaintiffs in this case were retirees of Weyerhaeuser and its predecessor, MacMillan Bloedel.  The…

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One Retailer’s Creative Approach to Discipline

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We strive to bring you the most recent and significant updates in labour, employment, and pension law, but sometimes (particularly on a Friday) we like to bring you something a bit more light-hearted.  Rhonda’s poem about the tort of intrusion upon seclusion was a great example. This one is from the creative discipline file. According…

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Employees Working Across Borders: But where do they belong to?

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A recent decision of the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court provides valuable insight into the issue of which laws apply to employees working in various jurisdictions. This is a phenomenon which is increasing exponentially as companies across the globe expand their operations and accordingly often send people to a variety of countries. The case, Ravat v….

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Minister of Labour Seeking Applications for Appointment to Occupational Health and Safety Prevention Council

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The Government of Ontario has taken another step towards the implementation of Bill 160, the Occupational Health and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2011 by beginning the process of appointing members to the Prevention Council.  The Prevention Council was created by Bill 160 to advise the Minister of Labour on the appointment of the Chief…

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CIRB: No unlawful lockout or violation of duty to bargain when employer altered working terms and conditions after statutory freeze

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The Canada Industrial Relations Board (“CIRB”) recently held that an employer’s unilateral changes to terms and conditions of employment after the end of the statutory freeze period did not constitute an unlawful lockout or a failure to bargain in good faith. In Canadian Union of Postal Workers v. Canada Post Corporation, 2012 CIRB 627, Canada…

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