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Labour Minister Leitch and US Secretary Perez discuss paid leave, advancement of women in workplace

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal - United States

The federal Ministry of Labour issued the following news release on December 8, 2014:

Minister Leitch and United States Labor Secretary Tom Perez hold bilateral talks in Ottawa

Minister Leitch and Secretary Perez discussed paid leave and the advancement of women in the workplace

December 8, 2014- Gatineau, Quebec - Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, discussed bilateral labour issues with her American counterpart, the Honorable Tom Perez, United States Secretary of Labor, during his first official visit to Canada.

Secretary Perez expressed an interest in paid leave as a means of boosting labour market participation and wished to learn about Canada's approach to it from Minister Leitch.  read more »

Amendments to Canada Labour Code narrow employees' right to refuse work on basis it is unsafe

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

Amendments to the Canada Labour Code - Part II that came into effect on October 28, 2014 are intended to narrow an employee's right to refuse work on basis it is not safe ((under sec. 128 of the Code).

For more information on these amendments, see  read more »

Scotiabank announces that it has reached a settlement in overtime class action

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

Scotiabank issued a news releae today announcing that it has settled the Fulawka v. The Bank of Nova Scotia overtime class action that was filed in 2007. The release states:

Scotiabank and the representative plaintiff Cindy Fulawka have reached an agreement to settle the Fulawka v. The Bank of Nova Scotia Overtime Class Action. A hearing for approval of the proposed settlement will take place on August 12. The class action was commenced against the Bank in December 2007 on behalf of certain full-time retail branch bank employees in Canada who held the positions of Personal Banking Officer, Senior Personal Banking Officer, Financial Advisor or Account Manager Small Business.  read more »

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 »

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 »

Federal Court of Appeal lays out test for family status discrimination as it relates to childcare matters

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The Federal Court of Appeal ("FCA") issued two decisions on May 2, 2014, in which it laid out the test for family status discrimination as it relates to childcare matters. Subject to a further appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, this test is binding on federally regulated employers. The two cases are:  read more »

Study on sexual harassment in the federal workplace released

Topics: - Sexual Harassment
Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women has released its study on sexual harassment in the federal workplace: A Study on Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace".

The summary of the study is as follows:  read more »

"Elder care" recognized under "family status" protection for first time by Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

In Hicks v. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2013 CHRT 20, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal recognized "elder care" under the "family status" protection for first time.