Labour and Employment

Recent Articles

Can you discipline an employee for absenteeism?

By Taylor McCaffrey LLP on May 17, 2017

Employers to learn about legal issues from lawyers at Employment Law Alliance Conference Can you discipline an employee for absenteeism? That’s one of the questions Jeff Palamar, a partner at Taylor McCaffrey LLP, will be addressing at the Employment Law Alliance…

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An interview with Taylor McCaffrey’s Jamie Jurczak about workplace safety

By Jamie Jurczak on May 15, 2017

Jamie Jurczak, a partner at Taylor McCaffrey LLP, was interviewed on CJOB in February for Bold Radio, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s radio show. CJOB’s Richard Cloutier interviewed Jamie about workplace safety laws in Manitoba, and the legal obligations companies…

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Jeff Palamar featured by SDRCC

By Jeff Palamar on February 7, 2017

Taylor McCaffrey’s Jeff Palamar is featured in the February 2017 issue of “In The Neutral Zone“, the newsletter of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Jeff is one of about 40 SDRCC arbitrators from across the country. Jeff is…

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Labour and Employment Law: Year in Review and What to Expect in 2017 Webinar

By Taylor McCaffrey LLP on January 18, 2017

Taylor McCaffrey LLP is the Manitoba member of the Employment Law Alliance, a world-wide network of over than 3,000 lawyers providing labour and employment law expertise in over 120 countries around the world. Last year saw a dramatic increase in…

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Legal Tips Salons and Stylists Need to Know

By Elizabeth Mitchell on January 9, 2017


Salon owners face unique challenges in operating their businesses. One such challenge is recruiting and retaining talented and productive stylists. When the stylists do well, the salon does well. However, hairstyling is also a relationship driven profession, and clients may…

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The Labour Relations Amendment Act Expands Secret Ballot Representation Votes

By Ken Dolinsky on November 25, 2016

The Manitoba government has changed the process for unions trying to get bargaining rights with union-free employers. On November 10, 2016, the Manitoba government passed Bill 7, The Labour Relations Amendment Act. Under the new law, a union seeking to…

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Benefits Administration and Employee Privacy Rights

By Cynthia Lazar on September 28, 2016

In Rocktenn Co. of Canada Inc. and USW, Local 1-830, 2015 CarswellMan 547 (Peltz), the employer, in order to fulfill its obligations under the collective agreement, contracted with an insurer to provide weekly indemnity benefits to its employees. The benefits…

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Attention All Federally Regulated Employers – Your World “Just” Got More Complicated

By Ryan Savage, Jeff Palamar on September 20, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued a significant decision impacting federally regulated employers. In Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, the Supreme Court confirmed that employees covered by Division XIV of the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) have…

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Court Ousts Jurisdiction of Human Rights Adjudicator

By Grant Mitchell on September 20, 2016

In the recent decision of v. Manitoba Human Rights Commission et al. 2016 MBQB 89 (Northern Regional Health Authority CanLII), the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench ruled that a health care aide represented by a union had to go through…

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Differences Between Decertification and Certification: More Than Just The First Two Letters

By Ken Dolinsky, Ryan Savage on June 29, 2016

Decertification vs. Certification In Manitoba, the rules are strict regarding an application to cancel the certificate of a union, commonly referred to as “decertification.” The same rules apply if there is a collective agreement after an employer voluntarily recognizes a…

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