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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…

Random Thoughts for the Weekend: On Free Training, Selling Pot, Lawyer Bargaining, and the Changing Workplaces Review

Random Thoughts for the Weekend:  On Free Training, Selling Pot, Lawyer Bargaining, and the Changing Workplaces Review

May 19, 2017 Here’s a wrap up of a few issues to ponder that came up this week in the Law of Work.  Have a great long weekend! Can My…

Job Boards are Rampant with Illegal Job Ads. Should Anything be Done?

Job Boards are Rampant with Illegal Job Ads.  Should Anything be Done?

May 4 2017 Hat-tip to lawyer Jeff Dutton at @DuttonHRLaw for noting a job ad posted on the job posting website Indeed that was seeking:  “a few ladies and a…

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…