Mark Wright is on a roll
February was a good month for our colleague, Mark Wright, who won a trio of significant labour law cases in the space of a week.
On February 7th, Mark convinced an arbitrator to depart from a previous award, upheld on judicial review, that allowed an employer to disproportionately devalue the service contribution of part-time employees in calculating the exit benefits they were entitled to when layoffs were imminent. The arbitrator agreed with Mark that the collective agreement language did not contemplate or allow the employer to discount part-time employees’ years of service in calculating the benefit. Read more here.
On February 13th, Mark successfully argued for the reinstatement of an employee who had been fired for speaking out about workplace violence. Read more here.
And on February 15th, Mark persuaded a board of interest arbitration that it should depart from 20 years of bargaining history and find that hospital wage rates, and not nursing home wage rates, were the appropriate comparator for employees working in a long-term care facility in the wing of a hospital. Read more here.
Nice hat trick, Mark.