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Retired judges not qualified as arbitrators • U.K. drags feet on new EU labour rights
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/23/2003

Retired judges not qualified as arbitrators

Ottawa

— Ontario’s appointment of retired judges as labour arbitrators was criticized by the Supreme Court of Canada in a ruling last month. In its decision, the high court said the minister of labour is required to appoint chairpersons who are “not only independent and impartial but possess appropriate labour relations expertise and are recognized in the labour relations community as generally acceptable to both management and labour.” Under the Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act, arbitration is a substitute for the right to strike and lock out in hospitals and nursing homes.

U.K. drags feet on new EU labour rights

London