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Tribunal Finds Union President’s Sexist Blog Posting about a Manager Was Protected Union Speech

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The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario this week released its decision in Taylor-Baptiste v. Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which rejected a female manager’s claim that sexist comments made about her on a union blog violated her equality rights under the Human Rights Code (Code). Union rights to expression and association under the Canadian Charter…

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Picketing Disabled Residents not Grounds for Discrimination Complaint Against Unions But May Be Grounds Against the Struck Employers?!?

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The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has gone farther than it needed to in Kacan v. Ontario Public Service Employees Union. In its concluding remarks in this case, the Tribunal appears to suggest that disabled group home residents might be able to file a discrimination complaint against the employers running these homes on the basis…

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Metron Construction Fined $ 200,000 for Criminal Negligence

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Today, Metron Construction Corporation, the first corporation convicted in Ontario under the Criminal Code as amended by Bill C-45 in 2004, was fined $200,000 following it’s June 15, 2012, guilty plea to a charge of criminal negligence causing death.  It’s president was also fined $90,000 after pleading guilty to four charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  The…

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Court of Appeal confirms s. 133 of the LRA does not allow OLRB to relieve against untimely referral of construction industry grievance to arbitration

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Two days ago, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its decision in Greater Essex County District School Board, confirming the Divisional Court’s quashing a decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board to hear an untimely construction industry grievance. The proceedings originated in a construction industry grievance, which was filed in July 2004 by the United Association of…

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