Following the announcement of a general election in Australia, we provide an outline of what the Labor Party and the Coalition (the Liberal Party and the National Party) have to say about workplace relations and we describe the implications for business.
The Federal Court has provided some comfort to concerned employers regarding the scope of the new adverse action provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act).
On November 27, 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down judgment in Plourde v. Wal-Mart Canada Corp., upholding a principle derived from a long line of Quebec cases which recognized an employer’s right to close its business, even for reasons relating to unionization of its workforce.
The recent case of Poniatowska v Hickinbotham 2009 FCA 680 (23 June 2009) again demonstrates it is crucial that discrimination and harassment risks be proactively managed in the workplace.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that a man in Germany should be entitled to the widower’s benefits under his dead male partner’s pension scheme as he was the surviving registered life partner.
Since our last communication regarding the state of the law on drug and alcohol testing by employers in Canada, three significant decisions have been rendered, one by an arbitrator in Ontario, one by the Quebec Court of Appeal and one by the Alberta Court of Appeal.
In Tadao Maruko v Versorgungsanstalt der deutschen Buhnen (Case C-26706), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a man in Germany should be entitled to the widower’s benefits under his dead male partner’s pension scheme as he was the surviving registered life partner.