The decision of arbitrator Pierre Laplante in the case of Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique, section locale 4333 et Services de quai Fagen inc contains several passages of interest to employers with unionized workplaces, including on the right to proceed with an administrative suspension without pay for the purpose of an investigation, the starting point for the imposition of a disciplinary measure, and the binding nature for the arbitration tribunal of a zero tolerance policy with respect to alcohol and drug use for employees in high-risk positions.
With the Ontario provincial election looming, the three major political parties are on very different paths with their plans for for labour and employment law. The Liberals seem to be aiming to maintain the status quo. The Progressive Conservatives are aiming to freeze minimum wage and the New Democratic Party has plans for sweeping changes to both the labour and employment law regimes.
It is understood that domestic violence has been known to effect employees at work in a number of ways; a recent study shows that the problem is widespread.