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From 1 October 2006, new legislation comes into effect intended to combat age discrimination. During a recent series of seminars, commercial law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn carried out a survey of delegates to understand employers' concerns and see what efforts they are making to take the new law on board. More than one in four delegates claimed they themselves intended to work past the anticipated default retirement age of 65 while a further 15% were unsure ...

Dykema | December 2005

Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), employers who provide group health plans and have 20 or more employees must offer continuation coverage to “qualified beneficiaries” who have lost health coverage as a result of certain qualifying events. This article addresses a number of common COBRA-related issues ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | December 2005

Employment Law Update In This Issue... Change to Win Coalition Focuses on Certain Industries to Revitalize Labor Movement ...... 1 Boss’s Workplace Fling May Be Everybody’s Business ............. 2 Employers Must Recognize the “Duty to Act” ........................... 4 Work Eligibility and Citizenship — It May Be Time To Dust Off Those I-9s ................................... ...

Lavery Lawyers | December 2005

On October 13, 2005, the Court of Appeal rendered judgment in two cases involving The Maritime Life Assurance Company and its insured, Madeleine Houle. In the first case, the Court of Appeal stated that the insurer is entitled to obtain a counter expertise by summoning its insured by writ of subpoena (art. 399 C.C.P.) even if it had its insured examined previously. In the second case, the Court ruled on the right of an insurer to have the insured examined by the expert of its choice (art ...

Kocian Solc Balastik | November 2005

The judgement of the European Court of Justice in case C-191/03 – North Western Health Board v ...

Lawson Lundell LLP | November 2005

Overview On November 1, 2005, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that there is no legal requirement to disclose pension plan changes under consideration, as opposed to changes that are finalized. In so holding, it reversed the March 2004 trial decision in Hembruff v. Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board, which decided that a plan admini¬strator negligently, and in breach of its fiduciary duty, failed to tell members of potential enhance¬ments to a plan’s early retire¬ment provisions ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | November 2005

EC (Protection of Employees (Employers’ Insolvency)) Regulations 2005, SI No. 630 of 2005 The Protection of Employees (Employers’ Insolvency )Act 1984 established rights to certain payments for employees of insolvent companies. New Regulations from the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment provide additional protections to employees of insolvent companies, amending and updating the 1984 Act ...

The treatment of women who feel they are being sexually harassed at work has changed significantly as a result of new regulations forcing employers to take more responsibility for the behaviour of their staff. The Employment Equality (Sex Discrimination) Regulations 2005 were implemented in October , overhauling the previous regime ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2005

You’ve probably heard about the dangers of second-hand smoke. But what about the employment-related danger of “second-hand” harassment? Consider this scenario: Mr. Jerk, a bank manager in the credit department, repeatedly harasses his administrative assistant, Gina. He invites Gina to have drinks with him, repeatedly touches her shoulders, and brushes up against her. Gina never complains to anyone in bank management about Jerk’s conduct ...

Lawson Lundell LLP | October 2005

1.INTRODUCTION The Supreme Court of Canada last considered the issue of mandatory retirement in 1990. Since that time, the demographics of the workforce have changed such that the proportion of retired workers to employed workers is rapidly increasing. This change is due partially to the aging of the baby boom generation and partially due to longer life expectancies of people after retirement ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | October 2005

The European Court of Justice has issued an important ruling which could have significant consequences for employers who operate occupational sick pay schemes. In the decision of McKenna v ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | October 2005

Disciplinary investigations are becoming a minefield for employers, particularly where dismissal is a real likelihood ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | October 2005

Until recently, employers in Ireland were only obliged to consult with employees in very limited circumstances, such as collective redundancies and transfer of undertakings. Those obligations will remain intact, however the provisions of the Employees (Provision of Information and Consultation) Bill 2005, will provide employees in undertakings of at least 50 employees with the right to information and consultation in the workplace on a greater number of issues ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | October 2005

Commentators have argued that the effect of this legislation is to force employers to recognise trade unions against their will as there appears to have been a move away from the traditional voluntarist approach to negotiations with trade unions towards a compulsory approach ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | October 2005

Many employers have been in the potentially tricky and somewhat uncomfortable situation of having to withdraw an offer of employment before commencement. The ordinary principles of contract law apply here. Where an employer withdraws an offer, especially after formal acceptance, a breach of contract claim could arise, at least in theory ...

Lawson Lundell LLP | September 2005

BC Labour Board Further Clarifies an Employer’s Right to Communicate with its Employees In a decision issued on July 8, 2005 - RMH Teleservices International Inc.-a Reconsideration Panel of the BC Labour Relations Board further clarified an employer’s expanded right to communicate with its employees during a unionization campaign. This right was expanded as part of the 2002 amendments to the Labour Relations Code, which we outlined in our Summer 2002 Newsletter ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | September 2005

The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 has come into effect today, 1 September 2005. Important issues raised by the Act include: 1. A competent person must be employed to manage safety in the workplace; 2. Hazards must be identified and risk assessments carried out which are thorough and reviewed on a regular basis, and this must be communicated to employees regularly; 3. Training has to be relevant and understood ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | August 2005

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 was signed into law by the President on the 1 July. It will not come into force, however, until the 1 September. The new Act makes it easier to impose criminal liability on directors, managers, and other similar officers who control the operations of employers. It increases the penalties in the District Court and the maximum fine in the Circuit Court is €3,000,000 ...

A&L Goodbody LLP | August 2005

This Bill (as initiated), which will transpose the EU Information and Consultation Directive, has just been published. It does not give workers an automatic right to information and consultation. Instead negotiations to set up an information and consultation structure will have to be “triggered” by workers themselves in the form of a written request from 10% of the workforce, subject to a minimum of 15 employees and a maximum of a 100 ...

Deacons | July 2005

In Hong Kong, it is common practice that there is a written employment contract between the employer and the employee which sets out the terms and conditions of an employment. The following case indicates that unless clearly provided in the employment contract, an employer cannot unilaterally vary the terms of the employment contract and such variation may be a breach of contract and the employer could be liable for damages ...

Deacons | July 2005

Under the Employment Ordinance, an employer has the right to terminate an employee’s employment summarily without notice or payment in lieu of notice in certain situations, one of which is employee misconducting himself, such conduct being inconsistent with the due and faithful discharge of his duties ...

Deacons | July 2005

In the United States, a federal judge approved on 10 May 2005 of the plan of United Airlines (“UA”) to terminate four employees’ defined-benefit pension plans and the pension responsibility are shifted to and assumed by the government’s pension insurer, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”). The decision will have a great impact on pension obligations to 120,000 current and former employees of UA and could have far-reaching implications for the pensions industry worldwide ...

Deacons | July 2005

The Labour Law of the People’s Republic of China (“Labour Law”) is applicable to all employment relationships between individuals and enterprises in China. However, local governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities may, and most of them do, issue detailed measures and rules for the implementation of the Labour Law. Such detailed measures are promulgated based on the Labour Law, with changes and specific details made in light of the local conditions ...

Lavery Lawyers | July 2005

On April 12, 2005, grievance arbitrator Denis Tremblay issued a major ruling on the validity of a policy on alcohol consumption and drug use implemented by the Goodyear tire plant in Valleyfield during the summer of 2004. The policy was widely attacked by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, local 143, representing all of the plant’s production employees (close to 1,000 employees) ...

Shoosmiths LLP | June 2005

In this edition: - Fire Legislation Changes - Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations Amended - Accounting for Risk - Workplace Stress - Lock up Your Ladders - Corporate Manslaughter Act Moves Closer to Reality - Vibration Regulations are Imminent

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