How the Labour Relations Act Works
Awareness of the strict time limits for asserting employer rights in the face of a Union Certification application and an understanding of the dynamics in a Certification Application is crucial to the ability of an employer to have effective input in the process. Supervisory teams ignorant of the parameters of an employer’s rights to respond to a Certification Application can seriously prejudice an employer’s rights.
Similarly, employers need to understand the basis for excluding persons from the bargaining unit and the limitations of freedom of speech during organizing drives. Also, the ramifications of a certification freeze on the terms and conditions of employment and the privileges of the employees need to be explained and understood.