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Alcohol consumption and fatigue of employees in safety sensitive positions: recent decisions demonstrate new trends

Canada - September 7 2011 On July 18, arbitrator Carol Jobin issued a ruling authorizing an employer’s zero tolerance policy regarding alcohol consumption of employees in safety sensitive positions and recognizing that fatigue is a factor which may cause impairment....

Social media in the workplace: Facebook profiles are not private

Canada - August 11 2011 A recent decision from the Commission des lésions professionnelles (CLP) concludes that the information found on a Facebook account is not private, considering that numerous people may have access to this information....

Communication between employers and employees during collective bargaining

Canada - July 19 2010 During collective bargaining, the employer must take into consideration certain factors in its communication with its employees....

Employer ordered to pay hefty price for "bad-faith" termination

Canada - April 26 2010 In a striking decision, Arbitrator O.B. Shime ordered an employer to pay over $500,000.00 in damages after the employer wrongfully terminated a unionized employee suspected of abusing sick leave....

Tina Giesbrecht, Fazilah Hussain.

Collective dismissals: a reminder of the rules on this hot topic

Canada - June 10 2009 In these difficult economic times, a collective dismissal is not only a current topical issue but also one of the main concerns for employers....