Labour Relations Articles | Queen's University IRC

Queen's University IRC

Queen's University

Practitioner-Focused Research

Our research includes a variety of activities that complement our programming. Through surveys, interviews, and articles, we aim to communicate trends in the HR and LR fields.

Upcoming Programs

Professional Training Across CanadaWestCentralEast

Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Feb 24-27, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Feb 25-27, 2020 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
March 3-5, 2020 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Mar 9-10, 2020 - Toronto
Change Management
Mar 10-12, 2020 - Kingston
Performance Management
Mar 11-12, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 22-27, 2020 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Mar 24-27, 2020 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Mar 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Mar 30-Apr 1, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Apr 2-3, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Apr 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Apr 6-9, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
Apr 15-16, 2020 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Apr 19-24, 2020 - Kingston
Change Management
Apr 28-30, 2020 - Calgary
Strategic Workforce Planning
May 5-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Leadership Capability to Drive Innovation
May 6-7, 2020 - Kingston
Workplace Restoration
May 12-14, 2020 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 12-14, 2020 - Kingston
Managing Unionized Environments
May 25-27, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 31-June 4, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
Jun 1-5, 2020 - Victoria
Managing Unionized Environments
Jul 7-9, 2020 - Halifax
Organizational Design
Jul 7-9, 2020 - Victoria
Negotiation Skills
Jul 13-17, 2020 - Halifax
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Jul 20-23, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Sep 15-16, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 20-25, 2020 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Sep 22-24, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
Sep 28-29, 2020 - Kingston
Workplace Restoration
Sep 29-Oct 1, 2020 - St. John's
Strategic Workforce Planning
Sep 30-Oct 1, 2020 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Oct 5-7, 2020 - Kingston
Managing Unionized Environments
Oct 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Oct 18-23, 2020 - Kingston
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Oct 19-22, 2020 - Regina
Coaching Skills
Oct 20-21, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Calgary
Labour Relations Foundations
Nov 2-6, 2020 - Winnipeg
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 3-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Change Management
Nov 3-5, 2020 - Halifax
Strategic Grievance Handling
Nov 3-6, 2020: Toronto
Performance Management
Nov 17-18, 2020 - Kingston
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 17-19, 2020 - Victoria
Workplace Restoration
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Ottawa
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Nov 30-Dec 3, 2020 - Victoria
Building Trust in the Workplace
Dec 1-2, 2020 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
February 2-5, 2021 - Ottawa
Organizational Design
February 9-11, 2021 - Ottawa
Managing Unionized Environments
February 23-25, 2021 - Ottawa
Talent Management
February 24-25, 2021 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
March 2-4, 2021 - Kingston
Change Management
March 9-11, 2021 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
March 9-11, 2021 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
March 21-26, 2021 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
March 24-25, 2021 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
March 30-31, 2021 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
March 30-April 2, 2021 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
April 6-8, 2021 - Edmonton
HR Metrics and Analytics
April 13-15, 2021 - Kingston
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
April 13-16, 2021 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Apr 20-22, 2021 - Calgary
Negotiation Skills
April 25-30, 2021 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
April 27-29, 2021 - Kingston
Performance Management
May 5-6, 2021 - Ottawa
Strategic Grievance Handling
May 11-14, 2021 - Victoria
Workplace Restoration
May 18-20, 2021 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
May 19-20, 2021 - Halifax
Building Trust in the Workplace
May 26-27, 2021 - Regina
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 30-June 3, 2021 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
June 7-11, 2021 - Halifax
Organizational Design
June 8-10, 2021 - Calgary
Change Management
June 15-17, 2021 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
July 13-16, 2021 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Jul 13-15, 2021 - Kingston
Negotiation Skills
July 19-23, 2021 - Victoria
Managing Unionized Environments
August 10-12, 2021 - Halifax
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Feb 24-27, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Feb 25-27, 2020 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
March 3-5, 2020 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Mar 9-10, 2020 - Toronto
Change Management
Mar 10-12, 2020 - Kingston
Performance Management
Mar 11-12, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 22-27, 2020 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Mar 24-27, 2020 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Mar 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Mar 30-Apr 1, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Apr 2-3, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Apr 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Apr 6-9, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
Apr 15-16, 2020 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Apr 19-24, 2020 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
May 5-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Leadership Capability to Drive Innovation
May 6-7, 2020 - Kingston
Workplace Restoration
May 12-14, 2020 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 12-14, 2020 - Kingston
Managing Unionized Environments
May 25-27, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 31-June 4, 2020 - Kingston
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Jul 20-23, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Sep 15-16, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 20-25, 2020 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Sep 22-24, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
Sep 28-29, 2020 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
Sep 30-Oct 1, 2020 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Oct 5-7, 2020 - Kingston
Managing Unionized Environments
Oct 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Oct 18-23, 2020 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Oct 20-21, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Nov 2-6, 2020 - Winnipeg
Strategic Grievance Handling
Nov 3-6, 2020: Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 3-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Performance Management
Nov 17-18, 2020 - Kingston
Workplace Restoration
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Ottawa
Building Trust in the Workplace
Dec 1-2, 2020 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
February 2-5, 2021 - Ottawa
Organizational Design
February 9-11, 2021 - Ottawa
Managing Unionized Environments
February 23-25, 2021 - Ottawa
Talent Management
February 24-25, 2021 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
March 2-4, 2021 - Kingston
Change Management
March 9-11, 2021 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
March 9-11, 2021 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
March 21-26, 2021 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
March 24-25, 2021 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
March 30-31, 2021 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
March 30-April 2, 2021 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
April 13-15, 2021 - Kingston
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
April 13-16, 2021 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
April 25-30, 2021 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
April 27-29, 2021 - Kingston
Performance Management
May 5-6, 2021 - Ottawa
Workplace Restoration
May 18-20, 2021 - Toronto
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 30-June 3, 2021 - Kingston
Change Management
June 15-17, 2021 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Jul 13-15, 2021 - Kingston
Strategic Grievance Handling
July 13-16, 2021 - Toronto

Labour Relations Articles

IRC Articles and Papers Human Resources and Labour Relations Research and Resources

Labour Relations Articles

Deborah Hudson, Lawyer, Turnpenney Milne LLP
Publication date: March, 2016

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada. In fact, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are not able to work due to mental health problems in any given week. Understanding and accommodating mental illness is an evolving area that requires a flexible approach. This article will discuss the key legal requirements and interesting related case-law related to workplace mental health issues. more

Derik McArthur, Director, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) local 175 & 633
Publication date: December, 2015

The labour movement in Canada has a long and proud history of success and positive community involvement. Throughout the years however, union membership levels across North America have been on a steady decline.  Many would argue the decline in the ranks of unions is attributed to stronger labour laws protecting workers, less interest by the young workers entering the workforce and a more transient workforce demanding flexibility and merit over seniority. more

Leanne Gray, Director of People Services, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
Publication date: September, 2015

As an HR professional or senior leader, you spend years mastering the labour relations fundamentals.  Not the textbook fundamentals, but the behaviours, the actions, communication styles–the way you handle sensitive situations.  You log numerous failures, like the time you told the union that the grievance was invalid because they used red ink, the time you were new and mistook a seasoned union employee for a manager and accidentally told them your grievance strategy. more

Elaine Newman, Arbitrator and Mediator, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: May, 2015

Francine had been disciplined before. She had been suspended for 3 days, for an angry outburst that she had in the shipping department. But this time was worse. Francine was in the cafeteria, finishing her break. Three co-workers sat down at the same table, and within minutes she began yelling and swearing at them. One of them began talking to her, trying to quiet her down. She threw her cup of tea in his face, and then left the room. Francine was terminated. The letter of termination cited the company anti-violence and harassment policies. more

Deborah Hudson, Lawyer, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
Publication date: March, 2015

As media scrutiny over schoolyard and cyberbullying pervade the news, allegations of workplace harassment and bullying are on the rise. While the popularization of the terms “bullying” and “harassment” has both educated and empowered employees to assert the right to a respectful workplace, it has conversely sometimes resulted in overuse of the terms and meritless complaints in relation to reasonable management measures. Employers are left with the difficult task of managing all competing interests to ensure a safe, respectful and productive work environment. more

Pages