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4 Years in Jail For Distracted BC Ferry Navigator Convicted of Criminal Negligence

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A BC ferry officer, convicted last month of two charges of criminal negligence causing death in relation to the sinking of a passenger ferry off the British Columbia coast 7 years ago, was sentenced to four years in prison and banned from operating vessels for 10 years. The officer is appealing his conviction and sentence….

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Procedural fairness, public institutions, and workplace investigations

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A recent case out of Quebec discusses the level of procedural fairness that may be owed during a workplace investigation for a public institution. In Ditomene c. Boulanger, two employees at a CEGEP (a public school) filed a complaint of psychological harassment under Quebec law against their superior, Mr. Ditomene.  The CEGEP retained Ms. Boulanger…

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Mind the Gap: Why Your Company Needs Employment Contracts (Part 1)

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Written by Rhonda Shirreff and Ryan Edmonds Just as commuters are urged to “mind the gap” when stepping from a subway platform onto an outbound train, so too employers are reminded to do the same when contemplating an employee’s departure from the company. The “Gap”: What Falls Between Common Law and Statutory Termination Pay In the…

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Employee Privacy Wins Out Over Safety: The Supreme Court of Canada Weighs in on Random Alcohol Testing in the Workplace 
 


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In a much-anticipated decision about random alcohol testing in hazardous unionized workplaces, a majority of the Supreme Court of Canada decided that Irving Pulp & Paper Ltd.’s unilateral implementation of random alcohol testing for employees in safety-sensitive positions was an invalid exercise of management rights.  For a link to the decision click here. Facts Irving Pulp…

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Global Labour Relations?: The Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh

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The tragic collapse on April 24, 2013 of the Rana Plaza garment-manufacturing facility in Bangladesh may contribute to significant developments in the realms of corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) and global labour relations. Since April 24, approximately 40 global fashion companies that work with suppliers in Bangladesh have signed on to the Accord on Fire and…

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