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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…

Trump Hotel Employees Win Union Drive After Creative Campaign

Trump Hotel Employees Win Union Drive After Creative Campaign

There’s a good story in the Star today about the successful efforts of workers at Toronto’s Trump hotel to win union certification.  UNITE Here Local 75 is the union.  The…

SCC Revisits, Clarifies (Sort of) Constructive Dismissal Law

SCC Revisits, Clarifies (Sort of) Constructive Dismissal Law

March 31, 2015 March was a good month for me.  I was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada twice in the span of about a week!  The first citation…

Professor Cynthia Estlund (NYU Law) Gives Annual Innis Christie Lecture

Professor Cynthia Estlund (NYU Law) Gives Annual Innis Christie Lecture

The 5th Annual Innis Christie Lecture on Labour and Employment Law was presented last fall at Dalhouse Law School in Halifax.  The keynote speaker was my friend Cynthia Estlund of NYU Law…