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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…

On Bill 148′s Labour Relations Act Reforms, Little to Get Excited Over

On Bill 148′s Labour Relations Act Reforms, Little to Get Excited Over

After much fanfare and public consultation, the Changing Workplaces Review was released in May 2017.   Some 150 pages of that report was devoted to the Labour Relations Act and the mission…

Vacuousness of CSR on Display in Loblaws’ Victory in Rana Plaza Class Action Lawsuit

Vacuousness of CSR on Display in Loblaws’ Victory in Rana Plaza Class Action Lawsuit

Last week, Justice Paul Perell, my former Property Law prof, dismissed a $2 billion class action lawsuit filed against Loblaws and Joe Fresh by victims of the infamous Rana Plaza…

Bill 148: On Enforcement of ESA Compliance and a Missed Opportunity?

Bill 148:  On Enforcement of ESA Compliance and a Missed Opportunity?

June 10, 2017 The much anticipated Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 was introduced last week.  It has received a mix of praise and derision from labour groups…

Changing Workplaces Review (Part 1): A Look at the Unionization Proposals

Changing Workplaces Review (Part 1):  A Look at the Unionization Proposals

May 26 2017 The long-awaited final report of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review (CWR) was released this week.  The Report was written by two experienced labour lawyers representing both sides of…

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