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FortisBC applies to BC Labour Relations Board to have certain work functions designated as essential

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Utilities

FortisBC has filed an application to have certain work functions designated as essential services under the BC Labour Relations Code.

This is the second BC utility to file such an application in the last few months. Back in April 2012, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia ("ICBC") - the province's "basic insurance" vehicle insurer - also filed an essential services application. More information about that application, including the application itself,  can be found on COPE 378's website here.

FortisBC's May 31, 2012 news release states as follows:  read more »

"What Constitutes Family Status Discrimination?"

Jurisdiction: - Ontario
Sector: - Utilities

"What Constitutes Family Status Discrimination?" (March 24, 2010) is the title of an article written by Maria Kotsopulous, a lawyer at Blaney McMurtry in Ontario.

The article addresses the arbitration award in IBEW, Local 636 vs. Power Stream Inc. (Bender) (Re),  186 L.A.C. (4th) (June 11, 2009) (N Jesin) (Ontario).

The article was originally published in the newsletter Employment Notes.