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Mar 31, 2022

Complicit in the Implicit: Labour Board Finds a Termination to be Tainted with Discrimination Due to Implicit Racial Bias in the Workplace

A recent construction industry grievance referral decision from the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”), Labourers’ Inte...

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Feb 11, 2022

By Mike MacLellan

The Open Period is Coming for Ontario’s Construction Industry! Here is What Employers Need to Know About Union Raids and Decertifications.

By Mike MacLellan and Danielle Jager It’s kind of like the Olympics.  Every three years we get to watch exciting high-stakes battles be...

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Apr 4, 2020

By Jay Rider


Overview On March 17, 2020 the Province of Ontario, pursuant to an Order-in-Cabinet, invoked its powers under the Emergency Management and Civil Pr...

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Apr 4, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

Bill 66 Passes in Ontario Legislature - It Turns Out the Sky is Not Falling After All

The Ontario government has passed Bill 66, known as Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019.  It is an omnibus bill making amendme...

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Feb 28, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

It’s OPEN Season in the Construction Industry – Tips for Employers to Avoid the Pitfalls of the 2019 “Open Period”

Ontario’s construction industry has a two-month “open period” every three years, where trade unions will attempt to raid each oth...

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Jan 7, 2016


Termination and Raid Applications During the 2016 “Open Period” in the Construction Industry In Ontario many construction industry coll...

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Sep 17, 2015

By Mike MacLellan

48 Hour Countdown: Responding to a Union's Application to Certify your Construction Company

Let's say you've just dispatched your crew for the morning and someone you've never met comes up to you, calls you by name, hands you a package and...

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Jan 10, 2013

By David Chondon

Termination and Raid Applications during the “Open Period” in the Construction Industry - the “Open Period” is Coming!

In Ontario many construction industry collective agreement negotiations take place every three years. On April 30th of this year, collective agreem...

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