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Grève et télétravail :  une interprétation large et libérale de la notion d’« établissement »

Le 23 mars dernier, dans la décision Syndicat des travailleuses et travailleurs de la Coop Lanaudière CSN c. Coop Novago, 2022 QCTAT 1324 (« Coop Novago »), le Tribunal administratif du travail (le « Tribunal ») a conclu que l’employeur ne peut, en ayant recours au télétravail, contourner les dispositions anti-briseurs de grève. Le contexte La Coop Novago, l’employeur, … Continue reading

New Requirements for New York Employers Engaged in Electronic Monitoring to Come Into Effect May 7, 2022

A new law, which amends the New York Civil Rights Law, will require New York employers to provide notice before monitoring employee electronic communications. The amendment takes effect on May 7, 2022. What does the new law require for employers? The new law requires that New York employers fulfill three requirements before electronically monitoring their … Continue reading

Décision de la Cour d’appel : la compétence exclusive de l’arbitre de griefs s’étend-elle aux formulaires pré-embauche?

Le 23 mars dernier, dans l’arrêt Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse c. Commission scolaire de Montréal, 2022 QCCA 398, la Cour d’appel du Québec a déterminé que la légalité de l’utilisation d’un formulaire médical pré-embauche par un employeur est une question qui relève de la juridiction exclusive de … Continue reading

Global Employment Law – The Decline (and Fall?) of the Five-Day Workweek – Transforming Workplace -#14

In our previous article in the Transforming Workplace series we outlined the benefits of short-term “work from anywhere”.  In this article, we focus on the advantages of introducing flexible hours and days. The Decline (and Fall?) of the Five-Day Workweek   This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work From Anywhere: Short Term – Transforming Workplace -#13

In our previous articles in the Transforming Workplace series we examined the challenges of “work from anywhere”.  In this article, we consider the best options for introducing “work from anywhere” on a short-term basis in your organisation. Work from Anywhere: Short-Term This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, … Continue reading

Modifications en vigueur le 6 avril 2022 en matière de santé et de sécurité du travail

Modifications en vigueur le 6 avril 2022 en matière de santé et de sécurité du travail Le 6 octobre 2021, la Loi modernisant le régime de santé et de sécurité du travail[1] (ci‑après, la « LMRSST ») a reçu la sanction royale. Rappelons que cette loi prévoit une réforme majeure des lois québécoises en matière de santé … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work From Anywhere: Benefits & Challenges – Transforming Workplace -#12

In our previous article in the Transforming Workplace series we examined the hybrid model of work.  In this article we discuss the benefits and challenges of “work from anywhere”, including on a hybrid work mode. Work From Anywhere:  Benefits & Challenges This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work from anywhere: Hybrid model – Transforming Workplace -#11

Our previous articles in the Transforming Workplace series discussed some of the important issues relating to the worldwide trend of working from anywhere.   In this article we examine the hybrid workplace, where employees combine some level of “work from anywhere” with some time attending their worksite. Work from anywhere: Hybrid model This article is part … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work from anywhere: Does it suit everyone?- Transforming Workplace – #10

We considered the growth in the number of employees ‘working from anywhere’ in our previous articles in the Transforming Workplace series.  In this article we focus on suitability – does “work from anywhere” suit all jobs, all countries, and all employees? Work from anywhere:  Does it suit everyone? This article is part of our Transforming … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work from anywhere: Does location matter? – Transforming Workplace – #9

Our previous article in  our Transforming Workplace series noted that “work from home” becomes “work from anywhere” when employees home to a more remote location further away from their pre-pandemic worksite.  This article looks at some of the issues the change in location can have ifworkers “work from anywhere”. Work from anywhere:  Does location matter? … Continue reading

Global Employment Law : Work from home becomes work from anywhere – Transforming Workplace -#8

This article in our Transforming Workplace series is the first in a series examining employees “working from anywhere” – an important issue facing organisations worldwide. Work from home becomes work from anywhere This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, challenges and risk of the transforming workplace can be … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Leadership Reimagined -Transforming Workplace – #7

In the previous article in our series “Transforming Workplace”  we considered the challenges to the employer’s organisational culture that will result from changed employee expectations and from modernising your Employee Value Proposition.   In this article we look at how these enhancements to your organisational culture will challenge the capability and style of your leadership team. … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: How the Gig Economy is reshaping labour markets

On 24 March 2022, Maartje Govaert, Global Head of Employment and Labour, joined the panel for the JP Morgan virtual Global ESG Conference, discussing “How the Gig Economy is reshaping labour markets: Exploring ESG Risks and Opportunities”. Below is a summary of some of the points raised by Maartje in the discussion. What is the … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Organisational Culture Reimagined – Transforming Workplace #6

In the series of Transforming Workplace articles we have explored some significant changes to the external and internal environments in which an organisation operates.  In this article we look at how modernising your Employee Value Proposition will present challenges to your organisational culture. Organisational Culture Reimagined  This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Update and Modernise Your Employee Value Proposition Transforming Workplace #5

Asking your employees what they want and need (see our previous Transforming Workplace paper) is a vital part of updating your organisation’s Employee Value Proposition (EVP).  In this article we explain more about your EVP. Update and Modernise Your Employee Value Proposition. This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: What do your employees want and need? Transforming Workplace #4

During the pandemic, employees rethought their relationship with work.  Employees now seek roles that offer competitive remuneration with other benefits including flexibility, health, well-being and work-life balance.  Read more on this in our next article in the Transforming Workplace series. What do your employees want and need? This article is part of our Transforming Workplace … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: The “Great Enlightenment”: Why and how employees have rethought their relationship with work. Transforming Workplace #3

In the next in the Transforming Workplace global series we examine why and owe employees have rethought their relationship with work. The “Great Enlightenment”: Why and how employees have rethought their relationship with work This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, challenges and risk of the transforming workplace … Continue reading

Global Employment Law – “Intent to Resign”: The Real Risk Transforming Workplace #2

In the next in the Transforming Workplace global series we examine the looming “Intent to Resign” challenge facing businesses worldwide “Intent to Resign”: The Real Risk This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, challenges and risk of the transforming workplace can be found here.… Continue reading

Global Employment Law: The “Great Resignation”: A Global Risk? Transforming Workplace – #1

With the global change in the way we work seen as a key element of the new “business as usual”, our Transforming Workplace global series examines the global perspectives of the opportunities, challenges and risks of this new transforming workplace. In the first in this series  we examine the concept of the “Great Resignation”. The … Continue reading

Surcharge de travail : La Cour d’appel se prononce sur la portée des pouvoirs de réparation des arbitres de grief

Le 17 février dernier, dans l’arrêt FIQ — SPSSODIM c. CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal, la Cour d’appel rappelle que les larges pouvoirs octroyés aux arbitres de grief ont des limites, notamment en matière de création de postes dans un contexte de surcharge de travail. Le contexte En 2016, des infirmières et infirmières auxiliaires, membres du Syndicat … Continue reading

Ontario Superior Court Confirms Legislative Prohibition on Non-Compete Clauses does not have Retroactive Effect

As previously discussed in our December 6, 2021 blog post, Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) was recently amended to include a prohibition on non-competition clauses in employment agreements, subject to limited exceptions. The prohibition does not apply to agreements with executive-level employees, nor does it apply in a merger and acquisition context where the … Continue reading

Décision de la Cour d’appel sur la syndicalisation des cadres

  Le 8 février dernier, la Cour d’appel du Québec a rendu une décision d’importance en matière de syndicalisation : l’affaire Association des cadres de la société des casinos du Québec c. Société des casinos du Québec[1]. Résumé de la décision Selon la Cour d’appel, le Code du travail contient une définition trop restrictive de la notion … Continue reading

Ontario Ministry of Labour issues Guidance on “Disconnecting From Work” Policies

As we previously reported, the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) requires that employers with 25 or more employees have a written policy addressing “disconnecting from work” in place by June 2, 2022. The legislative amendments were described in our previous blog post. The ESA itself provides very little information on the required contents of … Continue reading
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