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Class action lawsuit launched against Canadian Hockey League for breach of employment standards obligations

Ontario lawyer Ted Charney, Charney Lawyers, announced that he has filed a class action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League for breach of employment standards legislation as it relates to the junior hockey players who play in the league. This is his press release:

CHL CLASS ACTION LAUNCHED TORONTO, October 20, 2014 - A class action has been commenced on behalf of all players in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Western Hockey League (WHL), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) who entered into contracts with the teams in those leagues. It is alleged that the contracts with the players are employment contracts that contravene the minimum wage set by the legislation governing each jurisdiction where a team is domiciled.

The defendants are the Canadian Hockey League, the OHL, the WHL, the QMJHL, and the sixty teams that play in each of these leagues.  read more »

Does the Ontario Human Rights Code protect employees charged with a criminal offence?

Does the Ontario Human Rights Code ("OHRC") protect employees charged with a criminal offence? The answer is "no" based on a series of decisions by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ("OHRT") over the last year.

Ontario Human Rights Code

The OHRC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an employee's "record of offences". The OHRC states that "record of offences" means a conviction for:

(a) an offence in respect of which a pardon has been granted under the Criminal Records Act (Canada) and has not been revoked, or

(b) an offence in respect of any provincial enactment.

Decision in de Pelham v. Mytrak Health Systems Inc.

In a February 2009 decision, de Pelham v. Mytrak Health Systems Inc. 2009 HRTO 172 (CanLII), the chair of the OHRT ruled that the "record of offences" provisions do not encompass criminal charges. Specifically, he stated:  read more »

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games workers start search for new employment

Topics: - Workforce Trends
Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The embers from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games are barely cold (and the Paralympic Games have yet to begin) but already members of the Games workforce must start the search for new employment. What impact this will have on BC's unemployment/employment rate is difficult to say. Here's some key figures about three of the largest Games related employers.

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee ("VANOC")

VANOC's website states that by Games time, it had anticipated a total workforce of more than 55,000, which was to include: a) 1,400 paid staff; b) 3,500 temporary staff; c) 25,000 volunteers; d) 10,000 contractors; and e) 15,000 ceremony participants

In this article in today's Vancouver Sun, Jeff Lee reports that:  read more »

Unite Here Local 40 and Aramark Sports and Entertainment reach tentative agreement

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The Vancouver Sun reported yesterday that Unite Here Local 40 and Aramark Sports and Entertainment reached a tentative collective agreement on March 20, 2009 for the food and beverage workers at GM Place.

According to the article, the tentative agreement, which is retroactive to December 11, 2008 and has a three year term, includes the following:

  • wage increases of 17 to 22% for non-tipped workers;
  • wage increases for tipped workers;
  • options for improving medical coverage; and
  • guarantees that workers are going to get the opportunity to work during the Olympics.

Food and beverage workers at GM Place vote 83% in favour of a strike

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The Vancouver Sun reported today that close to 750 food and beverage workers at GM Place voted 83% in favour of a strike last weekend.

The employees are represented by Unite Here Local 40. The employer is Aramark Sports and Entertainment. The collective agreement expired in December 2008.

You can read the full article here.