Greg Bush

Sociétaire | Toronto

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Prévenir le Coronavirus : Gérer les risques en milieu de travail

La récente épidémie du nouveau coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (« Coronavirus ») continue de susciter des inquiétudes partout dans le monde, ce qui va surement augmenter, étant donné que l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (« OMS ») a classé l’épidémie comme étant une « urgence de santé...

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Labour Relations OLRB Sheds Light on Central and Local Bargaining

In OSSTF v Ontario,[1] the Ontario Labour Relations Board (“OLRB”) offered helpful insight into the education sector’s two-tiered collective bargaining regime. In its decision, the OLRB dealt with two applications brought by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (“OSSTF”): one...

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2019 Federal Election Reminder: Employees’ Right to Time Off to Vote

In advance of the federal election on October 21, 2019, employers are reminded of their obligation to provide employees with time off to vote on polling day. Three Consecutive Hours for Voting The federal Canada Elections Act provides that all...

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Recent Changes to Remedial Certification in Ontario

Remedial certification by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) allows a union to be certified as the bargaining agent for a group of employees where, despite failing to demonstrate that a majority of employees favour unionization, the Board determines...

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Union Certification in Ontario’s Construction Industry: A Primer

Union certification is the procedure by which a union gains the right to exclusively represent a group of employees in negotiations with an employer. The Labour Relations Act, 1995, S.O. 1995, c.1, Sched. A (“LRA”) governs the union certification process...

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Court of Appeal Finds Contract Between University and Student

In Lam v. University of Western Ontario, 2019 ONCA 82, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that a court may take jurisdiction over a claim that arises from an academic dispute between a student and a university. Facts Simon Lam...

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School Board Record Keeping Obligations

School boards are corporations pursuant to section 58.5(1) of the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2.  As a result, both school boards and directors of education are required to comply with certain corporate requirements under the Education Act, the Corporations...

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Auditor General’s Report Highlights Concerns with the Current State of Technology in Education

In December 2018, the Auditor General of Ontario released its 2018 Annual Report. The Report contains 15 value-for-money audits. One of the value-for-money audits focused on publicly funded school boards and their use of information technology systems and technology in...

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The Safe and Supportive Schools Act

On October 25, 2018, the Ontario Government continued their education reform by announcing Bill 48: The Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act,2018 which is aimed at keeping Ontario’s children safer and ensuring better supports are available for learning.[1]  The Government also...

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Ontario is Open For Business: Bill 47 Receives Royal Assent

On November 21, 2018, Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, received Royal Assent. The legislation is designed to repeal many of the amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 introduced...

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Releases Accessible Education for Students with Disabilities Policy

The Ontario Human Rights Commission recently released a new policy titled “Accessible Education for Students with Disabilities.” The policy updates the Commission’s previous guideline on accessible education released in 2004. This new policy further articulates the intersection of disability with...

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Human Rights Tribunal Dismisses Application Seeking Delivery of Autism Therapy in the Classroom

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently dismissed an Application brought by a student’s mother on behalf of her son, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Application, brought while the student was in his first year of...

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New Ontario Executive Compensation Freeze

The Ontario government recently issued Regulation 406/18 under the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act 2014 (the BPSECA), freezing compensation for executives and heads of certain public bodies who earn $100,000 or more. The regulation implements a cap on salaries...

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Labour and Privacy Update

Teacher’s work refusal due to violence of five-year-old student upheld by Labour Board In Toronto Elementary Catholic Teachers / Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association v. Toronto Catholic District School Board, 2017 CanLII 37597 (ON LRB), the Ontario Labour Relations Board...

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Court of Appeal Upholds Finding that School Board Did Not Infringe Parent’s Freedom of Religion When Denying Accommodation Request

Late last year, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s finding that a decision by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (the “Board”) to deny a parent’s accommodation request to shelter his children from “false teachings” was reasonable. An...

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Ontario Government Proposing to Increase OHSA Fines

On November 14, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 177, namely, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017. If passed, Bill 177 would amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) to significantly increase the maximum fines for...

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