Mediation-Arbitration is common in the Labour Law world, but still underused in the Employment Law world. It is a two-stage process in which the parties 1) attempt to settle their dispute through mediation and, if that fails, 2) use binding arbitration to resolve any issues remaining after mediation.
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.
Labour Day is an annual and global holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers around the world. For most countries, Labour Day is linked with International Workers’ Day, which occurs on May 1.