Power of employers to add policies narrow

Arbitrators broadening their authority over management rights
By Gordon Sova
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/04/2007

A recent arbitration brought up the issue of when and how employers can introduce new policies into the workplace on topics not covered in the collective agreement. Common examples include attendance management policies and privacy policies. The leading arbitration case on this issue is

Lumber and Sawmill Workers’ Union, Local 2537 and KVP Co. Ltd.

(known as KVP) and reviewing its six-step test of whether a unilateral policy was properly introduced is instructive.