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What can union officials do about harassment?

Union officials provide essential services to their members, supporting workers when they have issues with their employers and representing them at difficult times. But there are unfortunately situations where they are subject to harassing behaviour or comments. Ben Piper looks at the mechanisms available to deal with harassment in these situations.

August 3, 2022
Benjamin Piper

Where to Litigate Your Pension Dispute

Do you have a pension problem that requires a solution? In this final installment in the Pension Law Series, Sue Philpott outlines your options for having your pension dispute resolved.

June 22, 2022
Susan Philpott

A primer on Jointly Sponsored Pension Plans

In this fourth installment of our Pension Law Series, David Sworn explains the basics of jointly-sponsored pension plans (JSPPs), where governance is shared by employers and labour groups.

June 1, 2022
David Sworn

Regulating stronger personal harassment protections under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act

Erin Sobat’s new article in the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal examines Ontario’s current workplace harassment laws, and argues that simply requiring employer harassment policies and internal investigations will not stop harassment in workplaces where protection is needed most.

May 18, 2022

Federal budget announces new trade remedies and protections for workers and unions

Mark Rowlinson explains the implications of proposed changes to Canada’s trade remedy system for workers and unions, including giving unions the ability to make complaints and protect their members from unfair trading practices.

May 4, 2022
Mark Rowlinson

Multi-employer pension plans: A modern-day solution for today’s workforce

Single-employer pension plans made a lot of sense when most people expected to work for the same employer for their entire career. That is no longer true. Doug LeFaive discusses how multi-employer pension plans are a potential solution.

April 27, 2022
Doug LeFaive

DB, DC, and Something In Between: A Review of Common Types of Pension Plans

Pension plans, and employee entitlements upon retirement, can differ dramatically depending on the pension plan model. Clio Godkewitsch explores DB, DC, and Hybrid model pension plans, and the differences and similarities between each, in this second post in our blog’s pension plan series.

April 13, 2022
Clio Godkewitsch

The Uber portable benefits pig-in-a-poke

Uber is the best-known name in precarious employment world-wide. Precarious workers lack access to benefits, like health and dental, and want them. So Uber has proposed the creation of pooled benefit programs for its drivers as part of what it has dubbed Flexible Work+. Simon Archer and Joshua Mandryk take us through the platform’s portable benefits program.

March 30, 2022
Simon Archer Joshua Mandryk

Should articling students make minimum wage?

The Law Society of Ontario is seeking input on whether articling students should get a minimum wage. Ella Bedard and Louis Century tell you why they should. Make your voice heard by March 15, 2022.

March 2, 2022
Ella Bedard Louis Century

How to negotiate a mutual separation agreement

The biggest mistake an executive can make when resigning is to leave money on the table. Many believe that if they are choosing to leave their role, they will have to walk away with nothing. But as Natai Shelsen writes, it doesn’t have to be this way! Executives can often negotiate mutual separation agreements before leaving.

February 2, 2022
Natai Shelsen