General Historical Overview
Current Overview in a Particular Jurisdiction
Statutes and Regulations
Cases and Decisions
Check the Library Catalogue for handbooks, guides, or textbooks in the particular field:
e.g. Canadian labour arbitration / Brown & Beatty (Law Library Reserve Room 1st Floor KF3424.B76). This title is also available online through Labour Spectrum. See under Commentary.
e.g. Canadian labour law / Adams (Law Library Reserve Room 1st Floor KF3319.A73). This title is also available online through Labour Spectrum. See under Commentary.
e.g. Employment standards handbook / Parry & Ryan (Law Library Texts 1st Floor KF3455.P37)
e.g. Ontario health and safety law / Keith (Law Library Reserve Room 1st Floor KF3570.K45)
You can also do Subject searches such as:
Labor laws and legislation - Ontario
Arbitration, Industrial - Canada
Grievance arbitration - Canada
Industrial hygiene - Law and legislation - Ontario
Ontario. Occupational Health and Safety Act
Collective labor agreements - Ontario
Industrial safety - Law and legislation - Ontario
Workers' compensation - Law and legislation - Ontario
The website for the relevant government ministry usually has a wealth of information, e.g. legislation, guides, listings/links to administrative bodies (agencies, boards, tribunals, commissions), news, policy proposals. Most of the judicial administrative bodies also have their own sites.
A few examples:
The online government versions of the statutes and regulations offer the latest consolidation as well as point-in-time and keyword full-text access. The federal statutes and regulations are updated on a weekly basis. The Ontario statutes and regulations are updated continually, with new source law being available within 2 business days. For longer, more complicated statutes, the commercial print and online annotated consolidations with indexes are sometimes still easier to use. See the Library Catalogue for these.
If you need to find current bills or if you are interested in the development of legislation and policy analysis, the Parliament of Canada and/or the Legislative Assembly of Ontario websites are a great resource.
CanLII (Canadian Legal Information Institute)
A free online service that covers sources of Canadian law (legislation, court cases, decisions from boards/tribunals) from federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions. Check "Scope of Databases" (bottom-centre of website) for a list of the databases, the years of coverage, and last update.
Covers labour relations decisions and cases; the Labour Arbitration Cases (L.A.C.) go back selectively to 1948 and are current to within a week; these cases have hypertext links to related cases/decisions and to sections in the Brown and Beattie treatise; the Canadian Labour Arbitration Summaries (C.L.A.S.) go from 1986 to the present.
Canadian Human Rights Reporter : CHRR Online
The main database covers human rights decisions from all jurisdictions from 1980 until the current year. Click on Subscriber Login; use the search function; the most recent decisions are contained in Current Law Notes (see link at top of home page).
Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw
These databases extensively report cases/decisions. However, they can only be accessed on-site at the Law Library.
Canadian Law Reporters
A guide to Canadian case citations that lead to hundreds of print law reporters available in the Law Library.
Court and Administrative Justice Boards/Tribunals Web Sites
Most now have their decisions online, although the keyword/subject access may be limited. For the less prominent decision-making bodies that are not covered by CanLII or the commercial services, going direct to their web site may be the only online option.
Collective Bargaining Information and Analysis (HRSDC)
Resources for industrial relations and collective bargaining. In particular, see the Negotech database, which has the full text of collective agreements and settlement summaries.
Collective Bargaining Information Services (Ontario. Ministry of Labour)
Information about Ontario's 9,500 collective bargaining relationships.