More powers to arbitrators, more costs to employers

A look at two recent rulings and what they mean for employers
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2004

Two recent Ontario employment law decisions suggest employers could find themselves paying more in damages, to more employees, more often, say legal experts.

In one case, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled an arbitration board has the power to award aggravated or punitive damages to a former employee of Seneca College who complained of unjust dismissal. The arbitration board originally said it had no such jurisdiction.

In the other case, an arbitrator ruled the Toronto Transit Commission must pay $25,000 in damages to an employee who suffered years of bullying and harassment at the hands of a supervisor.