Construction Groups Can Participate in Cases on Definition of ‘Employer’


Two groups representing the owners of industrial construction sites and general contractors asked a court for permission to “intervene” or participate in two appeals that deal with the definition of “employer” under the Human Rights Act. In part, the groups are concerned that a finding that an owner, a prime contractor or a prime subcontractor is an employer under that law may impact that company’s status under other laws, including the OHS Act and Criminal Code. The court granted their request [Lockerbie & Hole Industrial Inc. v. Alberta (Human Rights and Citizenship Commission, [2010] ABCA 184 (CanLII), June 8, 2010].