Terminated employee ordered to pay UBC $5,000 in costs due to improper conduct during human rights proceeding
In Wells v. UBC and others (No. 5), 2011 BCHRT 176, an employee terminated by the University of British Columbia ("UBC") for benefits fraud was ordered by the BC Human Rights Tribunal to pay UBC $5,000 in costs as a result of her improper conduct during a human rights proceeding.
The order was made pursuant to section 37(4) of the BC Human Rights Code.
The improper conduct in question was misrepresentations she had made to the Tribunal regarding why she had delayed in filing her late complaint.
A story in The Province about this decision can be found here: "Fired worker must cover $5g in costs" (July 8, 2011).
In R. v Cole, 2011 ONCA 218, a criminal law case, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a high school teacher had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of a work laptop computer on which he was entitled to store personal information.
However, the appeal court further ruled in its March 22, 2011 decision that: read more »
Ontario arbitrators uphold just cause dismissal of IT employee who used work computer/server for personal purposes
See a case summary by law firm Fasken Martineau here: "Tech Employee Fired for Egregious Computer Use - Termination Justified", January 18 2011.
Here's the content of what the BC Teachers' Federation posted on their website today concerning their Charter/legal challenge of Bills 27 and 28 which were enacted by the BC Liberal government in 2002.
The new legislation ended the BCTF's ability to collective bargain class size and composition; guarantees of service from teacher-librarians, counsellors, learning assistance and other specialist teachers;, the length of the school day, and hours of instruction in the school year:
Legal counsel for the BCTF began opening arguments before Madam Justice Griffin in BC Supreme Court on November 15, in what promises to be a significant case determining the rights of teachers and their unions. The BCTF is challenging Bills 27 and 28, imposed by the BC Liberal government in 2002, because teachers believe the legislation violated their right to freedom of association under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. read more »