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Should Workers Have a “Right to Contest” Their Employer’s Decisions?

Should Workers Have a “Right to Contest” Their Employer’s Decisions?

I’ve been invited to speak at three conferences recently, all dealing with issues related to prospects for labour law reform in Canada.  Private sector union density has been…

New Toronto Union Adopts “Do It Yourself” Model, By-Passing Union Certification Process

New Toronto Union Adopts “Do It Yourself” Model, By-Passing Union Certification Process

A union formed earlier in 2014 called the Toronto Harm Reductions Workers Union (THRWU) has adopted a strategy they call “do it yourself” unionism. This means apparently by-passing the…

Common Law of Employment

Can a Negative Employment Reference be Defamation?

Can a Negative Employment Reference be Defamation?

I recently completed Chapter 18 of my forthcoming book The Law of Work, called “Tort…

What Happens When a Job Applicant Lies During the Recruitment Process?

What Happens When a Job Applicant Lies During the Recruitment Process?

The sexy topic of fraudulent misrepresentation by a worker was in the news this week,…

An Employment Law Puzzle: On Condonation, Pay Cuts, Consideration, and Waivers

An Employment Law Puzzle:  On Condonation, Pay Cuts, Consideration, and Waivers

Here’s an advanced employment law question that came up in discussions I’ve had in the…

Congratulations to My Amazing Spouse as She Enters U. Ottawa Law’s Honour Society!

Congratulations to My Amazing Spouse as She Enters U. Ottawa Law’s Honour Society!

Okay this isn’t about the law of work actually, but it is about the spouse…

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Regulation of Employment (Human Rights, Employment Standards)

Should Employers Be Permitted to Discriminate on the Basis of Appearance?

Should Employers Be Permitted to Discriminate on the Basis of Appearance?

An Edmonton woman who says she’s being discriminated against because she has 22 visible piercings is reigniting the debate about workplace dress codes.  Kendra Behringer, 24, complained that…

Texts as Evidence in Human Rights Cases

Texts as Evidence in Human Rights Cases

Ever sent a quick text to someone without really thinking too carefully about the implications of what you are saying? It is now commonplace for text messages to…

It’s Mostly Women Who Will Pay for Hudak’s ’100,000 Job Losses’ Plan

It’s Mostly Women Who Will Pay for Hudak’s ’100,000 Job Losses’ Plan

Many of my students aren’t even aware that there is an election looming in Ontario.  That’s hardly surprising given the low voter turnout generally in the 18-25 age…

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