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August 9, 2021

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PM #40065782 AN ALBERTA company and its benefits provider overreached in the medical information sought to support short-term disabil- ity (STD) claims, an arbitration board has ruled. EPCOR Utilities is a util- ity company based in Edmonton. EPCOR funded an STD ben- efit program administrated by a third-party provider. If the em- ployee was going to be absent for more than 10 working days, they had to complete an employee consent form and have their doc- tor complete an attending physi- cian form, both to be submitted to Rollbacks reversed After a 2016 wage drop, workers at Canadian Kraft Paper in The Pas, Man. ratify new deal with 16 per cent boost to pay EDUCATION University of Western Ontario London, Ont. (2,375 graduate teaching assistants) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Local 00610 Renewal agreement: Effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2023. Ratified in March 2021. Signed on March 11, 2021. Wage adjustments: Effective Sept. 1, 2020: 1% Effective Sept. 1, 2021: 1% Effective Sept. 1, 2022: 1% Paid holidays: 10 days. see Collective agreements > pg. 3 Photo:12963734 (iStock) see Employer > pg.8 Toronto construction site introduction of COVID-19 testing reasonable: arbitrator AN ONTARIO company's introduction of a CO- VID-19 rapid-testing policy was a reasonable ex- ercise of its management rights, an arbitrator has ruled. EllisDon Construction is a construction com- pany that was the general contractor on a mid-rise residential construction project in downtown To- ronto. The project began in December 2019 and one month later, EllisDon engaged a subcontractor, Verdi Structures, to perform concrete formwork. Verdi employees were working at an early stage of the construction, so there were no walls on the floors of the building where they were working. As a result, they were in an open-air environment. When the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, EllisDon and Verdi instructed their employ- ees to maintain six feet of physical distance, except when their work required them to be closer. They also had to wear face masks whenever possible. In February 2021, EllisDon implemented a rapid August 9, 2021 see Efforts > pg.8 City of Regina — Saskatchewan pg. 3 Canlin Energy (Hanlan Robb Gas Complex) — Alberta pg. 4 St. Joseph's Villa — Ontario pg. 5 School District No. 71 Comox Valley — British Columbia pg. 6 A.S.P. (Calgary International Airport) — Alberta pg. 7 Photo: SafakOguz (iStock) Strategies for Workplace Conclicts For more programs & dates, visit us at: Register today! Sep. 13-17, 2021 (11am-3pm EST) Managing Unionized Environments Sep. 14-17, 2021 (11:30am-5pm EST) CLR-Jun 28- 2021.qxp_Layout 1 2021-06-23 4:00 PM Page 1 ARBITRATION AWARDS COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS pg. 2 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS Alberta utility company asks for too much information on STD

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