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On Rob Ford and the [Employment] Benefits of Being an Addict

On Rob Ford and the [Employment] Benefits of Being an Addict

Like most sensible people, I’m saddened by the fact that the Mayor of my great city supports the crack dealing industry, admits to committing criminal offences, lies incessantly, takes time…

Why Unions Can’t Organize Retail Workers

Why Unions Can’t Organize Retail Workers

Workers in Canadian coffee shops and retail stores have been joining unions.  Surveys tells us that young people, who tend to staff these workplaces, have a more favourable view of collective bargaining…

Duffy Saga Discloses Conservative Double-Standard on Mandatory Transparency

Duffy Saga Discloses Conservative Double-Standard on Mandatory Transparency

The web of lies and deceit by Prime Minister Harper’s inner circle continues to creep out in Senate-gate.  Yesterday, we learned, many months after the fact, that the Conservative Party…

REAL PLEADINGS: MOL Sued for Failing to Inform Employee of Contractual Rights

REAL PLEADINGS: MOL Sued for Failing to Inform Employee of Contractual Rights

The Ontario Ministry of Labour offers a service called Employment Standards Information Centre that provides telephone advise to workers who have questions about their entitlements under the Employment Standards Act.…

UPDATE: The Legal Aid Lawyers Story Demonstrates Need for a “Graduated Freedom of Association” Model in Canada

UPDATE: The Legal Aid Lawyers Story Demonstrates Need for a “Graduated Freedom of Association” Model in Canada

HERE’S AN UPDATE (Oct. 21, 2013):   The Employer (LAO) has finally responded to the union’s request for voluntary recognition of Legal Aid Lawyers.  The post below recounts the story.…

Must a Job Applicant Disclose Their Religion During the Recruitment Process?

Must a Job Applicant Disclose Their Religion During the Recruitment  Process?

A job application form asks for the applicant’s religion.  Unlawful? What if the application doesn’t ask directly about religion, but it demands information that will require the applicant to disclose…

Arbitrator Burkett: Restricting Arbitrator Discretion Would Violate Charter

Arbitrator Burkett: Restricting Arbitrator Discretion Would Violate Charter

Politicians contemplating how to prevent interest arbitrators from granting raises to essential public sector workers will be interested in a decision issued this week involving Toronto’s firefighters by one of…

Guest Blog: Dias-Abey on Reforms to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Guest Blog: Dias-Abey on Reforms to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

The Federal government’s mishandling of the controversial Temporary Foreign Workers Program attracted a firestorm of criticism in recent months.   Information emerged showing how Canadian employers had been exploiting the…

Unpaid Intern Scams Continue to Flourish in Ontario. What Can be Done?

Unpaid Intern Scams Continue to Flourish in Ontario. What Can be Done?

Almost every ‘unpaid internship’ that is not affiliated with an educational institution is unlawful in Ontario. That simple statement seems to baffle a lot of HRM folks and companies who…

The Two Sides of the Minimum Wage Debate: Friedman v. Kennedy

The Two Sides of the Minimum Wage Debate: Friedman v. Kennedy

When the last Ontario Budget came down, and included a continued freeze of the base minimum wage at $10.25 per hour.  This has angered poverty activists, and no doubt pleased…