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Chapman v. GPM Investment: $330K Breach by Employer Not a Constructive Dismissal

Chapman v. GPM Investment: $330K Breach by Employer Not a Constructive Dismissal

April 18, 2017 A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal serves as a good reminder of an important point made in Chapter 15 of The Law of Work…

Judge Refuses Injunction to Stop Alcohol & Drug Testing at TTC

Judge Refuses Injunction to Stop Alcohol & Drug Testing at TTC

April 5 2017 Another step was taken in the long-standing conflict at the Toronto Transit Commission over the employer’s right to randomly test employees for alcohol and drugs.   This week,…

Is 51 Too Old To Be Hired as a Police Officer?

Is 51 Too Old To Be Hired as a Police Officer?

A 51 year old woman has filed a human rights complaint alleging age discrimination after she was unsuccessful in a job competition to become a police officer, the Toronto Star…

Alan Bogg (Oxford) on Freedom of Association

Alan Bogg (Oxford) on Freedom of Association

Professor Alan Bogg of Oxford has a new paper exploring freedom of association that draws heavily on recent developments in Canada and that engages with the scholarship of University of…

TTC’s Twitter Account Failed Employees: Arbitrator

TTC’s Twitter Account Failed Employees:  Arbitrator

July 28 2016 An interesting arbitration award was issued the other day that found that the Toronto Transit Commission violated employees’ collective agreement rights and the Human Rights Code in the manner…

Supreme Court in Wilson v. Atomic Energy: Federal Employers Need a Reason to Fire Employees

Supreme Court in Wilson v. Atomic Energy: Federal Employers Need a Reason to Fire Employees

July 14 2016 The Supreme Court of Canada did today what most employer lawyers expected they’d do when it ruled that the “unjust dismissal” provisions in the Canada Labour Code ousted…

Nova Scotia Amends Labour Standards Code to Block Hockey Class Action Lawsuit

Nova Scotia Amends Labour Standards Code to Block Hockey Class Action Lawsuit

July 11, 2016 A very good investigative sports reporter from TSN named Rick Westhead informed me the other day about a quiet little amendment made to the Nova Scotia Labour…

Is the Test to Unionize Tougher Than to Leave Europe?

Is the Test to Unionize Tougher Than to Leave Europe?

June 28 2016 Crazy week in Britain, huh. Among the most amazing things about the Brexit result, in my mind, is that such a momentous decision was left to be…

Collective Bargaining vs. Collective Voice in Labour Law: A Primer

Collective Bargaining vs. Collective Voice in Labour Law: A Primer

I chaired a panel last weekend in St. Johns for the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers that considered the collective bargaining aspects of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review (CWR).  The CWR interim…

I Let My Employment Law Students Take a One Page Cheat Sheet into an Exam. Look What Happened

I Let My Employment Law Students Take a One Page Cheat Sheet into an Exam. Look What Happened

It’s a thing of beauty. I let my employment law students bring a one page, one sided 8 x 11 cheat sheet into their exam.  This one is my favourite,…

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