Case In Point

Arbitrator Renders Helpful Decision for Multi-Site Employers Dealing with Commute to Work Accommodation Requests

In Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and Toronto District School Board, Grievance # 13-50 (Accommodation), Arbitrator Nyman held that the refusal of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to transfer the grievor, a secondary school teacher who suffered from chronic pain and fatigue, to a school located within 15 kilometers of her home to ease…

HR HealthCheck

Management Rights, Sick Leave under HOODIP and More

In our first HR Healthcheck of 2020, we discuss two cases you need to know about. The first deals with whether a scheduled medical procedure under conscious sedation falls within the “sick leave” provisions of HOODIP. The second case considers management rights under the central CUPE collective agreement and a Hospital’s right to transfer employees.

Human Resources Legislative Update

Ontario Safety Blitz to Target Construction Sites, Roadworks

The Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development has announced that from February 4, 2020 to March 13, 2020, Ontario workplace inspectors will be conducting a safety blitz targeting construction sites and roadwork projects. During this blitz, inspectors will be focusing on personal protective equipment (PPE) which may include a variety of items, depending on…

College Update

College Update: 2019 Year in Review

2019 was a busy year in the College sector. We thought it would be useful to review some of the significant human resource issues from 2019 as these cases may impact your approaches in 2020. Curl up by the fire and have a read. Happy New Year!


Coronavirus Update: What Employers Need to Know Right Now

Daily news coverage has put the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Coronavirus) in the spotlight. Just this morning Ontario health officials announced that another “presumptive” case of the new Coronavirus has been discovered in Toronto, which, if confirmed, would make it the second instance of the illness in Canada. Both cases are still currently presumptive and there have not yet been any confirmed cases of the virus in Canada…


Coronavirus: Questions and Answers for Employers

As we learn more about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-vCoV or Coronavirus), employers will no doubt be contemplating the potential implications of this virus on their workplaces. We have set out below some of the emerging questions that employers may have right now and our answers and guidelines for how to address these issues.


New Standard of Review for Treatment Capacity Appeals – The Vavilov Effect

In December 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada established a new framework that is designed to guide courts on applying the standard of review in judicial review applications. The Court’s long-awaited “trilogy” of cases in Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v Vavilov and the two companion appeals heard together in Bell Canada v Canada (Attorney General) (collectively, Vavilov) represents an express departure and evolution from the framework that the Court set out in previous cases. Consequently, these decisions will affect the standard upon which Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) appeals will be heard by the courts.