Lang Michener Employment & Labour Brief - Winter 2007/2008

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In this issue:

In light of recent scandals and alleged corruption in government and business, there has been a growing need to encourage whistle blowers in employee ranks. Karl Gustafson, Q.C., reviews some of the legal implications in this area and the importance of employers to develop, implement and maintain effective whistleblower policies.

As a global fast food franchise, McDonald's places a high priority on cleanliness and hygiene in its restaurants. Michael Weiler discusses a recent B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision concerning McDonald's policies regarding hand washing and disposable gloves when the company attempted to accommodate a disabled employee.

In "Canucks Wins, Canucks Wins!!!...at Least at the LRB," Michael Wieler examines the Labour Relations Board's ruling on the BC-NHLPA's attempt to certify the Vancouver Canuck's players in a collective bargaining agreement, apart from an agreement negotiated between the NHL and the league-wide NHLPA.

In the new year, B.C. will join a host of other provinces in eliminating mandatory retirement. David McInnes considers the potential implications for employers as the employee landscape is reshaped.

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