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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…

Saskatchewan’s Bill 85: When Ideology Trumps Good Sense?

Saskatchewan’s Bill 85: When Ideology Trumps Good Sense?

Saskatchewan has a big problem.  It’s not unemployment. It’s the opposite.  The province must attract some 60,000 new workers to the prairie province in the next 5-7 years to meet…

The Conservative Temporary Foreign Labour Program Fiasco

The Conservative Temporary Foreign Labour Program Fiasco

This story just gets weirder, and more troubling every day. Check out this list of employers the Conservative government approved to permit Canadian employers to bring in foreign workers.  Link…

Are Ontario Laws on Union Dues and Membership ‘Undemocratic’?

Are Ontario Laws on Union Dues and Membership ‘Undemocratic’?

Originally published April 3, 2013 The Ontario Conservative Party has promised, if elected, to do away with what they keep calling “forced unionism”. We don’t know the details of the…

Discriminating Employer Pays a Decade Later: Reinstated, Decade of Back Wages Ordered

Discriminating Employer Pays a Decade Later: Reinstated, Decade of Back Wages Ordered

Last winter, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal issued a decision finding that an employer School Board had violated the Code by failing to accommodate an employee with a disability.  The…

My Exchange With Senator Eaton On Bill C-377 (The Union Transparency Tax Bill)

My Exchange With Senator Eaton On Bill C-377 (The Union Transparency Tax Bill)

This week, I received the following note from Conservative Senator, Nicole Eaton relating to Bill C-377, a private members’ bill being pushed by the Conservatives which would force unions to compile and…

Scary Stuff for HRM Folks in Employment Law

Scary Stuff for HRM Folks in Employment Law

These are the cases and links I may have referred to in my University of Toronto talk this week.  I covered off different material in the two lectures, so not…

Is a Notice of Termination Contract Term that COULD Violate the ESA Void?: Part Deux

Is a Notice of Termination Contract Term that COULD Violate the ESA Void?: Part Deux

A recent decision of the B.C. Supreme Court raises again the question of whether a notice of termination clause in an employment contract is unlawful if it could possibly result…