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Guest Blog: Professor Michael Lynk on “What Does Academic Freedom Protect?”

Guest Blog: Professor Michael Lynk on “What Does Academic Freedom Protect?”

Professor Michael Lynk takes on an interesting issue in this latest Guest Blog, looking at recent cases involving Canadian professors who have been disciplined or dismissed for conduct they claim…

Can an Employer Prohibit Tattoos and Piercings?

Can an Employer Prohibit Tattoos and Piercings?

Originally published on January 15, 2013 Ages ago, I took a labour law class with Professor David Beatty at U of Toronto law school.  He had recently decided an arbitration involving…

Arbitration Cases: Dishonesty & Incompetence Not Always Just Cause for Dismissal

Arbitration Cases:  Dishonesty & Incompetence Not Always Just Cause for Dismissal

We are about to talk about rules of dismissal and discharge in unionized environments in my summer course. So I am reviving my Arbitration Cases series in which I summarize…

Most of Arbitrator’s $500,000 Damage Award Survives Judicial Review

Most of Arbitrator’s $500,000 Damage Award Survives Judicial Review

Last April, I noted an arbitration award by well-respected labour arbitrator Owen Shime in which the employer was ordered to pay over $500,000 in damages to an employee dismissed without…

What if an Arbitrator and the Human Rights Tribunal Disagree About Whether an Employer Legally Dismissed an Employee?

Imagine you’ve been dismissed and you believe the reason is a violation of human rights legislation.  For example, you believe the employer fired you because of your disability. In Ontario,…

Arbitrator Won’t be “Minion of Government”, Awards Profs a Raise

Arbitrator Won’t be “Minion of Government”, Awards Profs a Raise

The Ontario government passed a law recently called the Public Sector Compensation Restrain to Protect Public Services Act, 2010.  That legislation froze wages of nonunion employees of the government for…

Labour Arbitrator Awards Dismissed Employee $500,000 in Damages!

Thanks to the folks at Lancaster House Publishing for passing along word of a ground-breaking arbitration award decided by Owen Shime recently in which a dismissed employee of the Greater…