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Tim Lawson

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Tim Lawson is a partner of Heenan Blaikie, past Department Head of the Toronto Labour and Employment group, past member of the National Management Committee, and now Chair of the Firm's Toronto Management Committee. Mr. Lawson has been practising management-side labour and employment law since 1993. His focus is on strategic labour and employment advice, labour negotiations, labour and employment advocacy, corporate reorganization, construction labour law and human and privacy rights. He has represented employers in all labour and employement-related tribunals, as well as before Ontario and federal courts.

CIRB Clarifies Employer Free Speech and Cracks Down On Union Intimidation

In a unanimous decision, the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (the “CIRB” or “Board”) dismissed unfair labour practice complaints filed by the Canada Council of Teamsters (the “Teamsters”) against FedEx Ground. The only unfair labour practice complaint the Board upheld was filed by FedEx Ground against the Teamsters for using unlawful tactics during the campaign to…

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Union Financial Disclosure Bill Killed Because of Tax Implications

On November 4, 2011, a Private Member’s bill that would have forced unions to publicly disclose more financial information was killed by House of Common Speaker Andrew Scheer on a procedural point of order.  The Speaker ruled that Bill C-317 was, in effect, a tax measure because it had the potential to increase taxes on…

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Attacking Client Confidentiality: Proposed U.S. Regs May Require Disclosure of Lawyers Used by Employers in Union Drives

In the United States, the Labour-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) requires employers and labour relations consultants to report the details of “persuader activities” to the U.S. Department of Labour (DOL).  A consultant engages in “persuader activities” if it is contracted to counter a union organizing drive or collective bargaining effort.  The reporting requirements are…

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