AdvantAge Ontario Webinar: Policies and Best Practices for Employee Hiring, Integration and Termination

Overview Learn how to develop, implement and enforce employment policies, including hiring, progressive discipline and termination. Recognize when it’s time to revise employment policies and how to proceed. Hear how a member home has implemented best practices for hiring, employee onboarding and termination. Agenda View the agenda for this webinar.

2017 Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) Labour Relations Seminar

Over the course of two days, chief fire officers, senior municipal officials and human resource professionals hear from a team of legal experts, fire chiefs from across Ontario, and renowned international speakers that give insight, up-to-date knowledge and guidance into a wide range of labour relations issues that are currently impacting the fire service. Throughout…

Stephanie Jeronimo and Julia Nanos Publish an Article in the Winter Edition of OMHRA’s Newsletter ECHO

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Jeronimo and Julia Nanos co-authored an article in the winter edition of ECHO, a newsletter published by the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association. In the article, entitled “Off-Duty Social Media Posts by Employees can be Cause for Discipline – Including Discharge” three recent arbitrations are examined, where the grievors had been discharged for off-duty posts…

Arbitrator Upholds Dismissal of Grievor for Posting Vicious Comments about Co-Worker on Facebook

In a recent labour arbitration award, Arbitrator Laura Trachuk upheld the dismissal of a three and one-half year employee for posting vicious, humiliating and threatening comments about a co-worker on Facebook. While the Arbitrator left many specifics out of her decision in order to protect the identities of those involved, this decision serves as an…

Arbitrator’s Remedy Includes Waiver of Sunset Provision

In Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union, Local 529 v Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board, Arbitrator Jesin provided an interesting alternative to a simple “reinstatement without compensation” order, one that reflected the concerns of both the school board and the union. In this case, an educational assistant (“EA”) was dealing with a kindergarten student…

School Board Client Update

The following represents a few notable decisions made by the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and arbitrators in 2013 that are relevant to school boards in Ontario. FACEBOOK POSTING BY TEACHER WARRANTS DISCIPLINE In Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and Simcoe County District School Board, 2013 CanLII 62014 (CanLII), the…

Court Upholds Discharge for Sexual Harassment

In a recent decision, the Ontario Divisional Court found that the discharge of an employee (grievor) who had sexually harassed a co-worker was an appropriate penalty. An arbitrator’s decision reinstating the grievor had relied on irrelevant factors and therefore fell outside the range of possible defensible outcomes. The irrelevant factors considered by the arbitrator included…