New Private Member Bill Proposes “Card Check” Unionization, First Contract Arbitration Model for Ontario

On April 4, 2017, the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Ontario introduced private member legislation that would amend the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act) to bring “card check” union certification back to Ontario for the first time since 1995, and to implement a new first contract arbitration process. It is important to note that private…

Ontario Proposes Key Reforms to the Framework for Collective Bargaining in the Education Sector

Significant proposed reforms to the existing framework for collective bargaining in the education sector may change the way school boards and unions negotiate agreements – and could impact the outcomes achieved at the table. Find out what may be in store…

Arbitrator Rules That He Has No Jurisdiction Over ETFO Central Grievance Concerning Report Cards

In a significant decision, Arbitrator Hayes has concluded that, as a Central Arbitrator, he does not have jurisdiction under the central terms of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) collective agreements to consider a grievance concerning a school board’s instructions to teachers regarding the preparation of report cards…

Advantage CPD: Labour Relations – It’s 2017 and Everything Old is New Again

With the new Saskatchewan Employment Act, pending federal labour law reforms, Alberta’s Bill 4 amending who has the right to strike and Ontario legislation under review, the labour relations world appears to be filled with change – and yet for practitioners many of these changes seem familiar. For those operating under collective agreements, change is less certain…

2011 HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Topic Investigating Computer System Abuse: Help for Human Resources The widespread use of digital communication has unfortunately given rise to equally widespread employee misconduct. HR professionals are often asked to investigate such abuses, yet the information in electronic records is often difficult to find and tricky to preserve in a defensible manner. This presentation reveals…