The Supreme Court heard argument and reserved judgment on appeal
from an Ontario Court of Appeal decision addressing RCMP collective
bargaining. The decision under appeal – Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada
(Attorney General), 2012 ONCA 363 – upheld, as
constitutionally valid, a regulation imposing a specific labour
relations regime on RCMP members as the only process by which they
could address labour issues with RCMP management. The police
associations argued that the Court of Appeal had erred in
supporting legislation that prevented RCMP employees from
collective bargaining through an independent association chosen by
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Unfortunately, reasonable accommodation for employees in the workplace continues to be the source of significant litigation and even today we continue to see outrageous examples of employers behaving badly.
We are now beginning to see reported cases involving charges and subsequent fines laid against employers for failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to protect a worker from workplace violence.
On October 13, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal an Ontario Court of Appeal decision which ordered an employer to pay a former employee 37 months of salary and benefits following termination.
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