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Court Rules “Dependent Contractors” Entitled to 26 Month’s Reasonable Notice

Court Rules “Dependent Contractors” Entitled to 26 Month’s Reasonable Notice

February 23, 2016 A textbook example of the legal distinction between employees, dependent contractors, and independent contractors that we explore in Chapter 3 of The Law of Work was issued…

What Happens When an Employee Works Past the Contract’s End Date?

What Happens When an Employee Works Past the Contract’s End Date?

I was asked this weekend about a hypothetical employment situation. Let’s call the employee in this story Mark.  It’s a good scenario for a law school question. Facts Last April,…

Is Drinking Wine at Lunch Grounds for Summary Dismissal?

Is Drinking Wine at Lunch Grounds for Summary Dismissal?

In a recent decision, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that an employer had wrongfully dismissed a 65 year old manager of a used car company.  The company accused the employer…

Did the Liberals Violate the Labour Relations Act By Giving Money to Teachers Unions?

Did the Liberals Violate the Labour Relations Act By Giving Money to Teachers Unions?

November 18, 2015 Last month, the Globe and Mail reported that the Liberals had agreed to pay three teachers’ unions money amounting in total to more than $3 million to cover…

With Power Comes Responsibility, Tim Hortons Learns

With Power Comes Responsibility, Tim Hortons Learns

November 10 2015 Cross-reference to  Law of Work text:   Chapter 2: The Law of What? Employment, Self-Employment, and Everything in Between With power comes responsibility.  Is that from Spiderman? The location of…

My New Paper: A Law of Just Transitions: Putting Labor Law to Work on Climate Change

My New Paper:  A Law of Just Transitions: Putting Labor Law to Work on Climate Change

A few years ago, I was asked to participate as a labour law expert on a giant research project run out of York University called Work in a Warming World.…

Are “Volunteers” the New Unpaid Interns?: How Ontario’s Employment Standards Act Treats “Volunteer” Misclassification

Are “Volunteers” the New Unpaid Interns?: How Ontario’s Employment Standards Act Treats “Volunteer” Misclassification

In this Guest Blog,  labour lawyer Josh Mandryk of Goldblatt Partners tackles a question that I have often raised with my own students and with activists who have been doing a great…

Will Ontario Pursue Greater Unionization in the Service Sector?

Will Ontario Pursue Greater Unionization in the Service Sector?

September 8 2o15 You are likely aware that the Ontario government is presently studying possible reforms to the provinces labour and employment laws. The Ministry of Labour released a detailed “Guide…

Will Union Information Disclosure Law Apply to the Kiwanis Club?

Will Union Information Disclosure Law Apply to the Kiwanis Club?

August 25, 2015 Is life about to get a whole lot more complicated for the Kiwanis Club and the Royal Canadian Legion?   These “clubs” are the latest micro-group to be…

A Primer on the Teacher’s Strike Decision

A Primer on the Teacher’s Strike Decision

The big teachers’ strike decision is due to be released this week.   High school teachers in Durham region, Peel, and Ontario’s north have been on strike since  late April.  They…