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CP Railway CEO says company will challenge arbitrator’s order to reinstate "cocaine-using" locomotive engineer

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal
Sector: - Transportation

Here's an interesting news release that Canadian Pacific Railway Limited issued on July 16, 2014 concerning an arbitrator's decision to order an employee re-instated:

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX/NYSE: CP) announced today it will be asking the Superior Court of Quebec to stay a July 14, 2014 decision by the Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration (CROA), which ruled a locomotive engineer, who consumed cocaine at a time and of a quantity which could impact his duties, must be reinstated.

CP also announced it will be appealing the agency's order to the Superior Court of Quebec asking it to overturn the decision.  read more »

US EEOC issues updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues

Jurisdiction: - United States

On July 14, 2014 the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") released updated guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues. Their press release is as follows:

EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance On Pregnancy Discrimination And Related Issues

Fact Sheet for Small Businesses and Question and Answer Document Also Released

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, along with a question and answer document about the guidance and a Fact Sheet for Small Businesses.  The Enforcement Guidance, Q&A document, and Fact Sheet will be available on the  EEOC's website.  read more »

SCC: Wal-Mart's decision to close recently unionized store in Quebec violated "statutory freeze" provisions

In United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 503 v. Wal‑Mart Canada Corp. 2014 SCC 45, a 5/2 majority of the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Wal-Mart's decision to close a recently unionized store in Jonquière, Quebec violated the "statutory freeze" provisions found in Section 59 of the Quebec Labour Code.

The case headnote is as follows:   read more »

Federal government completes "target benefit pension plan" consultations

Topics: - Pensions
Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The federal government issued the news release below yesterday (June 25, 2014) regarding the target benefit pension plan consultations that it commenced in late April 2014.

Target benefit pension plans - also known as shared risk plans - represent an alternative to defined benefit or defined contribution pension plans.  Several provinces have already passed legislation providing for target benefit pension plans, but in many cases that legislation is not yet in force.

Harper Government Completes Public Target Benefit Plan Consultations  read more »

Seattle City Council unanimously approves adoption of $15 per hour minimum wage phased in over time

Topics: - Minimum Wage
Jurisdiction: - United States

Today, some 225 kms down Interstate-5 from Vancouver, the Seattle (Washington) City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage to be phased in over time. This is the full June 2, 2014 news release from the Council:

City Council Approves $15/hour Minimum Wage in Seattle

Historic vote addresses income inequality

SEATTLE - Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage today, making Seattle the first major city in America to take such an action to address income inequality. Beginning April 1, 2015, the legislation will phase-in a $15 per hour minimum wage annually over 3 to 7 years, depending on employer size.  read more »