Labour and employment

Collecting employee data

Collecting employee data

Keyboard stroke and internet monitoring, video surveillance and examining social media postings. These are just a few ways in which employers might legally monitor employees and job candidates, all of which are used.

Training around workplace sexual harassment needs careful approach

Training around workplace sexual harassment needs careful approach

Some high-profile cases of alleged sexual harassment or assault in the workplace in recent years have ensured that this is an issue that all employers, regardless of size, need to confront and try to minimize as best as possible the risk of it taking place in the future.

B.C. and Alberta take starkly different approach to labour reforms

B.C. and Alberta take starkly different approach to labour reforms

In Western Canada, labour and employment law is evolving along two distinct paths, with governments in British Columbia and Alberta both in the process of passing labour law reforms.

McInnes Cooper launches set-fee training program

McInnes Cooper launches set-fee training program

After years of debating, discussing and deliberating the possibility of offering training programs for clients and prospective clients, McInnes Cooper has launched MC Legal Lab.

Cleaner was employee and not independent contractor under Quebec statute, SCC rules

Cleaner was employee and not independent contractor under Quebec statute, SCC rules

A cleaner who had a franchise agreement with a cleaning company was an employee and not an independent contractor pursuant to Quebec’s Act Respecting Collective Agreement Decrees, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today in a 6-3 decision.

In-house lawyers look to tidy up IP, employment issues

In-house lawyers look to tidy up IP, employment issues

The new year is always a good time to take stock and do some tidying up. In speaking to some in-house counsel it seems they all might benefit from the legal department equivalent of applying Japanese consultant Marie Kondo’s philosophy around decluttering when it comes to IP issues and labour and employment law challenges — take inventory and find order around the various patents and trademarks and employment law legislative challenges that linger in the corners.