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Second social media report issued by US National Labour Relations Board's Acting General Counsel

Jurisdiction: - United States

Back in January 2012, the US National Labour Relations Board Acting General Counsel released a second report describing 14 social media cases reviewed by his office.

Here's the entire news release, with a link to the report (and the one that preceded it):

To help provide further guidance to practitioners and human resource professionals, NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon has released a second report describing social media cases reviewed by his office.

The Operations Management Memo covers 14 cases, half of which involve questions about employer social media policies. Five of those policies were found to be unlawfully broad, one was lawful, and one was found to be lawful after it was revised.  read more »

US in-house counsel surveyed on key labour and employment law issues facing their organizations

Jurisdiction: - United States

Jackson Lewis, a labour and employment law firm with 46 offices throughout the United States, has released the results of a Workplace Survey it conducted of in-house counsel at large and medium size companies across the US.

The survey asked the in-house lawyers about trends and practices in their organizations. As set out in Jackson Lewis' June 18, 2010 press release, among the most notable findings from the survey were:  read more »

Presentation: "In-House: Dispelling the Myths"

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

I was invited to speak last night at a Young Lawyers CBABC section meeting. The topic was "In-House: Dispelling the Myths".  Labour and employment lawyers were well represented on the panel, as the other three panelists were:

  • Oscar Allueva, Senior Labour Relations Advisor, with South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service; 
  • Erin Cutler, who is a Labour Relations Consultant with the Health Employers Association of BC; and
  • Anna Fung, Q.C., who after 15 or so years with Terasen Inc. is now in-house counsel with Intrawest.

In-house counsel say employment and labour matters are second most challenging area of law

Topics: - In-House Counsel

Back in February 2009, I wrote a short entry regarding a national survey that law firm Fasken Martineau had commissioned that revealed that:

  • "40 per cent of companies with more than 50 employees were involved in litigation last year, most commonly for labour and employment or contracts"; and
  • "labour and employment topped their lists of legal concerns for the year ahead."

In light of these findings, I was not surprised to learn recently that a 2009 survey of 500 in-house counsel in Canada found that employment and labour law matters were also of key importance to them.

The In-House Counsel Barometer 2009 study was a joint effort by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and law firm Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg LLP. It surveyed the attitudes and opinions of in-house counsel regarding topics of interest and importance to them.  

Specifically, the Barometer 2009 study found that:  read more »

Four New Vice-Chairs Appointed to BC Labour Relations Board

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

Four new vice-chairs were appointed to the BC Labour Relations Board today.

Michael J. Adam is the Director of Labour Relations for Western US for Weyerhaeuser Canada and a former Partner in the Labour and Employment Practice Group with Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang.

Beverley J. Burns is the Director of Labour Relations of WorkSafeBC. Previously, she was the in-house counsel of Woolworth Canada Inc.

Ritu N. Mahil, is an Instructor at Capilano College, Labour Studies Program. She is also currently a Lawyer at Health Sciences Association of BC. Prior to this, she was a lawyer with Fiorillo Glavin Gordon.

Bruce R. Wilkins is the in-house Counsel for the Health Sciences Association of BC. Previously, he was the Crown Counsel with the BC Ministry of Attorney General.

The vice-chairs three year terms run until May 25, 2010.

"Whistle Blowing in British Columbia: Nervous Reporting and Risky Reprisals"

Murray Tevlin and Calla Nestibo have written a paper, entitled, "Whistle Blowing in British Columbia: Nervous Reporting and Risky Reprisals" (February 2005). They are lawyers at TevlinGleadle Employment Law Strategies in Vancouver.

The authors state that "For the purposes of this paper, "whistle blowing" refers to employees informing authorities of suspected wrong-doing by his or her employer."