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On Tim Hortons, Minimum Wage, Conspiracy, and Unlawful Reprisals

On Tim Hortons, Minimum Wage, Conspiracy, and Unlawful Reprisals

Happy new year! This story from the CBC on a Tim Horton’s franchisee penalizing its employees by taking away a list of contractual entitlements and blaming it on the new…

How Bill 148 Creates the Means and the Incentive for Building Services Employees to Join Unions

How Bill 148 Creates the Means and the Incentive for Building Services Employees to Join Unions

I have written a couple of explanatory posts (see here and here) on Ontario’s new Bill 148 legislation, which amends parts of the Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, and Occupational Health…

College Instructors Overwhelmingly Reject Employers’ “Final Offer”. Now What?

College Instructors Overwhelmingly Reject Employers’ “Final Offer”.  Now What?

November 16 2017 The college instructors represented by OPSEU have soundly rejected the College Employer Council’s proposed collective agreement put to them in a forced “final offer vote”.  The 5…

Can an Employee Be Fired for Giving the Prime Minister the Finger?

Can an Employee Be Fired for Giving the Prime Minister the Finger?

An employee who gave the finger to President Trump while she was on a bike ride has been fired.   Juli Briskman worked for a marketing company in Virginia, and the…

Major Graduate Student Symposium on Labour Issues at York

Major Graduate Student Symposium on Labour Issues at York

The Global Labour Research Centre (of which I am a faculty associate) at York University is hosting its annual Graduate Student Symposium on October 26-27.  Looks like a great line…

We Have a Problem of Quality Control in Employment Law Education

We Have a Problem of Quality Control in Employment Law Education

In my job as a work law professor, I occassionally come across “test banks” for testing knowledge of work law concepts produced by text book publishers, professional organizations that train…

Can an Employer Refuse a “Discretionary” Bonus to a Terminated Employee?

Can an Employer Refuse a “Discretionary” Bonus to a Terminated Employee?

In a recent decision from British Columbia, the Court was asked whether it is a breach of an oral employment contract for an employer to deny payment of a “discretionary…

Can an Employer Order a Female Employee to Wear a Bra at Work?

Can an Employer Order a Female Employee to Wear a Bra at Work?

A server at East Side Mario’s restaurant in Timmins is in the news this week alleging that her employer is requiring her to wear a bra at work as part…

Canada Demands US End “Right to Work” Laws in NAFTA Talks

Canada Demands US End “Right to Work” Laws in NAFTA Talks

There was an interesting development over the weekend in the NAFTA re-negotiations. Canada’s negotiating team put a demand on the table that the US effectively end so-called “right to work”…

Could Canadian Companies Require Employees to be Micro-Chipped?

Could Canadian Companies Require Employees to be Micro-Chipped?

July 26 2017 This week a U.S. company called Three Square Market out of Wisconsin announced that it would be micro-chipping employees.  It stressed that the measure was voluntary, and…

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