Human resource issues can be challenging for volunteer boards of not-for-profit and condominium corporations. Even when a board has delegated responsibility for day-to-day operations to a paid executive director, there will be times when a board executive or HR committee or a full board will become involved in personnel issues. (In PDF)
The chair of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal recently decided that an employee was not harassed based on the prohibited ground of gender because she could not establish a prima facie case of harassment. It turned out that there was some harassment involved, but this harassment had to do with a peculiar and historic combative relationship between the employee and her harassers.
An employee committed a safety violation (failure to lock-out) for a second time and was terminated. The first time, he received a one-day suspension. The Ontario arbitrator found that the termination was excessive and should be substituted with a disciplinary measure amounting to a six-month suspension without pay along with a last-chance agreement.
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