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|Union's Right to Employees' Home Contact Information from Employer Trumps Privacy Concerns
Ritu Mahil and Euan Sinclair'sco-authored article, "Union's Right to Employees' Home Contact Information from Employer Trumps Privacy Concerns", examines whether an employer is required to provide employees’ home contact details to assist the union with its communications, in light of both the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bernard v. Attorney General (Canada) in the federal context, and the prevailing authority in British Columbia.
|Constructive Dismissal: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Ritu Mahil'sarticle, "Constructive dismissal: should I stay or should I go?", discusses employee constructive dismissal claims becoming commonplace and the questions an employee might ask themselves when faced with a difficult working environment.
|The Importance of Responding to Privacy Complaints
A recent decision from the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (the “Alberta Privacy Commissioner”) highlights the importance of responding to all privacy complaints and cooperating, to the extent possible, with the Information and Privacy Commissioner during investigations.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Viewing Employee’s Personal Email Violates Privacy Legislation
On December 18, 2013, the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ordered an employer to provide training to its staff on appropriate management of personal information in response to the employer viewing a former employee’s personal email account in breach of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (“Alberta PIPA”).
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Pension benefits will not be deducted from damages for wrongful dismissal
On December 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in IBM Canada Limited v. Waterman, 2013 SCC 70. The decision clarifies that pension benefits paid to an employee during a reasonable notice period should not be deducted from damages for wrongful dismissal.
|Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta Privacy Legislation Invalid
The Supreme Court of Canada today issued its much anticipated decision in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62, a decision which addresses the balancing of privacy rights with the rights of freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
|What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program
Deborah Cushing's article, "What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program", discusses recent changes to the rules of the temporary foreign worker program for employers in Canada.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Restrictive Covenants involving sale of a business: Payette v. Guay Inc., 2013 SCC 45
The Supreme Court of Canada recently reiterated that restrictive covenants that arise in the context of the sale of a business will be treated differently and more generously than those that arise in the context of a contract of employment. While the case arose under the Civil law of Quebec, it clearly has implications for the common law regimes in the rest of Canada.
|Lawson Lundell Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
Best Lawyers® in Canada 2014 recognizes 39 Lawson Lundell lawyers in 23 practice areas with two lawyers being named Lawyer of the Year. The firm is top-listed in Canada in Aboriginal Law and in British Columbia for Banking and Finance, Employee Benefits Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Public Procurement Law and Private Funds Law. Lawson Lundell is also top-listed in Alberta for Employee Benefits Law and Aboriginal Law and in the Northwest Territories for Personal Injury Litigation and Family Law.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Effective July 31, 2013 the Federal Government announced new rules relating to the temporary foreign worker program. It has advised that the changes are being made to ensure that Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Labour Arbitration Board Decision Rejecting Random Alcohol Testing
The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in a case concerning random alcohol testing at a paper mill operation. The Court upheld the decision of the labour arbitration board that mandatory random alcohol testing by breathalyzer was not permitted even though it was limited to employees in safety-sensitive positions.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: WorksafeBC Approves Workplace Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policies
On April 24, 2013, WorkSafeBC announced the approval of new Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policies, which come into effect on November 1, 2013.
Policy D3011502, titled Employer Duties – Workplace Bullying and Harassment, sets out minimum requirements for employers to satisfy their obligation to take all reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of workers and their obligation to inform, instruct, train and supervise workers to ensure their safety and those of other workers (sections 115(1)(a) and 115(1)(c) of the Workers Compensation Act).
|National Post Ranks Lawson Lundell as Top 10 Canadian Law Firm
Lawson Lundell has been named by Chambers Global, an independent third party legal services guide, in eight practice categories: Aboriginal; Dispute Resolution in British Columbia; Employment and Labour; Energy; Environmental; Mining; Pensions and Benefits; and Real Estate.
|Lawson Lundell Recognized in Chambers Global 2013
Chambers Global 2013 recognizes 13 Lawson Lundell lawyers in nine practice areas including: Aboriginal Law, Environment, Mining and Projects Mining: Leading Canadian Firms (Latin America-wide), Pension & Benefits, Energy: Power (Regulatory), Employment & Labour, Real Estate and Dispute Resolution.
|Women's Day Brings Legal Rights in Workplace Closer to Home
Ritu Mahil's article, "Women's day brings legal rights in workplace closer to home", discusses two recent rulings that provide some clarity on how "family status" is interpreted in court.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Employees’ Digital Privacy in the Workplace: Supreme Court of Canada
The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Cole, 2012 SCC 53 may have a significant impact on how employers manage the use of digital devices in the workplace. While a constitutional and criminal decision at its core, the case nevertheless recognizes the importance of employees’ reasonable expectation of privacy when using work computers and other digital devices.
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|Lawson Lundell Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013
Best Lawyers® in Canada 2013 recognizes 30 Lawson Lundell lawyers in 19 practice areas with five lawyers being named Lawyer of the Year. The firm is top-listed in Canada in Aboriginal Law and in Vancouver for Banking and Finance, Employee Benefits Law and Energy Regulatory Law.
|Lawson Lundell Recognized in Chambers Global 2012
Chambers Global 2012 recognizes Lawson Lundell in the following practice areas: Aboriginal Law, Environment, Mining, Projects: Mining (Latin America-wide), Pension & Benefits, Employment & Labour, Energy: Power (Regulatory) and Real Estate.
|Employees who Resign Retain Rights to Sue for Wrongful Dismissal
In the recent decision the Court of Appeal for British Columbia held that an employee who quit his job after being given working notice of termination of employment was nevertheless entitled to sue for damages for wrongful dismissal for the period of reasonable notice in excess of the notice given.