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Sentencing in Metron Constructon Case Expected July 13, 2012

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As we detailed in our blog posting on June 15, 2012, Metron Construction Corporation and its President both entered guilty pleas to charges stemming from a December 24, 2009, accident that claimed the lives of four workers and seriously injured another.  Metron pleaded guilty to one count of criminal negligence causing death while its President…

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Applying Evans v. Teamsters: Does the Duty to Mitigate Require An Employee to Accept An Offer of Employment from the Purchaser in a Sale of Business?

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In its 2008 decision in Evans v. Teamsters Local Union No. 31, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed the duty of an employee claiming wrongful dismissal to mitigate his damages by accepting a job offer made by the same employer who originally dismissed the employee.  Does Evans apply in a situation where an employer sells…

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Social Media in the Workplace

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Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at a conference co-presented by AIJA and the American Bar Association, entitled “Hot Topics in International Employment”.  A topic that fairly sizzled was how employers around the world grapple over how to manage social media in the workplace. In the Canadian employment context, social media use raises…

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An Overview of the Arthurs Report, Part V: Occupational Disease and Indexation of Benefits for Partially Disabled Workers

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We are now at our final entry reviewing the key chapters of the Arthurs Report. We will not be reviewing chapter 9, which comments on a number of matters that Professor Arthurs felt compelled to mention, but which he says fell outside his mandate. To conclude then, chapter 7 of the Report considers funding occupational…

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