September 9, 2004

Communicating with employees during a union campaign

Question: In Ontario , after a union campaign has begun, is it a violation of Ontario ’s Labour Relations Act for an employer to have a “captive audience” meeting with an employee? A captive audience meeting is one in which the employee is summoned to attend by the employer during work hours, the employee continues…

January 7, 2004

Introducing harassment policy

Question: We are an employer with both unionized and non-unionized employees and we are in the process of instituting a workplace harassment policy for all our employees. What impact, if any, will the collective agreement of our unionized employees have on the workplace harassment policy? Answer: If your employees are unionized the applicable collective agreement…

April 30, 2003

Responding to organizing drive

Dos and don’ts of responding to a union organization drive Deciding how to respond to a union organization drive can be difficult. There are no hard and fast rules, and employers must be cautious to avoid becoming subjected to an unfair labour practice complaint. In areas of doubt, legal counsel is strongly advised. Specific facts…

April 16, 2003

Can Employers Ask About Past Union Affiliations During a Job Interview?

Question: During an interview, is an employer permitted to ask an applicant about past union affiliations? Answer: In Ontario , under the Labour Relations Act, 1995, employers are prohibited from refusing to employ a person because he was or is a member of a trade union. Therefore it would be inadvisable to ask the above…

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