News & Events
February 27, 2020
In a highly anticipated decision, Canadian Union of Postal Workers v. Foodora Inc., the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled that Foodora couriers are dependent contractors and therefore have a right to seek certification. On July 31st, 2019, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (“CUPW”) filed an Application for Certification on behalf of couriers in
January 29, 2020
On November 8, 2019, the Ontario legislature passed Bill 124. Bill 124 is aimed at the broader public sector, including: hospitals, crown agencies, school boards, universities, colleges, long term care homes, ornge, children’s aid societies, and other boards, corporations, offices or organizations that do not carry on activities for the purpose of gain or profit
August 30, 2019
As Labour Day approaches, it is important and timely to remember the many positive contributions of trade unions and their members. Like many of our other trade union clients, LIUNA Local 506 has a longstanding program of awarding scholarships and bursaries to the children of its members in order that they can continue their education.
March 15, 2019
Craig Flood is once again co-chairing the Law Society of Ontario’s Six Minute Labour Lawyer Presentation on June 20, 2019. Ernie Schirru will be one of the presenters and will be speaking on Bill 66, the recent labour legislation introduced by the Ontario Government. For more information about the Program, please click here.
March 15, 2019
Craig Flood will be speaking at the OBA Young Lawyers Session on Labour Law Essentials on March 27, 2019. To view the Program agenda, please click here.
January 22, 2019
In the Ontario Court of Appeal’s first decision of the year, Heller v Uber, 2019 ONCA 1, the court held that an arbitration clause in the terms that individual drivers are required to “accept” to become drivers for Uber breached the prohibition on contracting out of the Employment Standards Act (ESA), and was otherwise unconscionable
December 21, 2018
On December 20, 2018, the Ontario Progressive-Conservative government passed Bill 67 at third reading, a piece of special legislation preventing a strike by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) workers across the province. The legislation received Royal Assent the same day and is now in force. The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) represents approximately 6,000 workers employed by
December 11, 2018
Last week, the Ford Government tabled the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, more commonly known as Bill 66. Debate on the Bill will not begin until February 19, 2019, but given the substantial PC majority in the House, it is likely that some version of the Bill will receive Royal Assent in the spring of
Arbitrator finds that employer discriminated against employee with respect to the administration of diabetes related care
December 10, 2018
In a recent decision, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 636 v. Tyco Integrated Fire and Security Canada Inc, Arbitrator Laura Trachuk found that an employer discriminated against an employee by requiring him to go to a separate area within the workplace to self-administer medical care related to Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is
November 30, 2018
Summary and Overview On October 23, 2018, the Ontario government tabled Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, for first reading in the legislature. On November 21, 2018, Bill 47 passed third reading, and received Royal Assent the same day. Bill 47 has made many important changes to various pieces of legislation governing employment