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This Blog Entry is About the Lunacy of Employment Standards Exemptions (and it has alpacas, emus, and minks too!)

This Blog Entry is About the Lunacy of Employment Standards Exemptions (and it has alpacas, emus, and minks too!)

July 22 2019 (updated from an earlier post) It’s always fun to discuss with my Employment Law students the whacky and incoherent exclusions from employment standards legislation in this country. Try…

Is Alberta’s UCP Party Importing American Style Union Dues Laws?

Is Alberta’s UCP Party Importing American Style Union Dues Laws?

April 23 2019 Is Alberta’s Newly Elected United Conservative Party Looking to the U.S. for Inspiration on Union Dues Law? Last week the people of Alberta elected the right-wing United Conservative…

Bill 66: How Politicians Exploit Power in Shaping Employment Standards

Bill 66:  How Politicians Exploit Power in Shaping Employment Standards

April 3 2019 This week the Ontario Conservative government passed Bill 66, with the typical silly name “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019″.  This is an omnibus bill that amends a…

Real Pleadings: Explosive Lawsuit Alleging Systemic Discrimination in Public Service

Real Pleadings: Explosive Lawsuit Alleging Systemic Discrimination in Public Service

A Toronto Star story today describes an interesting lawsuit filed by two women employed in the Ontario public service who allege a pattern of systemic discrimination against black employees dating…

Real Pleadings: General Motor’s Successful Illegal Strike Application Against Unifor

Real Pleadings:   General Motor’s Successful Illegal Strike Application Against Unifor

February 26 2019 The Ontario Labour Relations Board issued a “bottom line” decision today ruling that Unifor and some of its officials acted unlawfully by engaging in an illegal strike…

Heller v. Uber: Some Thoughts from Ontario on Uber’s Arbitration Clause

Heller v. Uber: Some Thoughts from Ontario on Uber’s Arbitration Clause

 January 7 2019 By now, you have no doubt heard about the big Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Heller v. Uber Technologies, released as the first decision of the…

My Entry on Harvard’s OnLabor Blog: “Cross Border Reflections on the Future of Labor Law Reform”

My Entry on Harvard’s OnLabor Blog:  “Cross Border Reflections on the Future of Labor Law Reform”

Happy New Year all! For my first entry of the year, I will simply link to a short comparative labour law piece I published this week in the great OnLabor…

Amazon’s Direct Line to Doug Ford Reminiscent of Mike Harris’s 1990s Lovefest With Walmart

Amazon’s Direct Line to Doug Ford Reminiscent of Mike Harris’s 1990s Lovefest With Walmart

You have to hand it to Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford.  At least he is open about how he gives special privileged access to giant American corporations.  Some politicians might be…

Tears Are Not Enough: Court of Appeal Tosses Aggravated Damages Award

Tears Are Not Enough: Court of Appeal Tosses Aggravated Damages Award

October 28 2018 A recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision reminds us that balling your eyes out when you are fired is not “evidence” of psychological harm resulting from…

Tweet of the Day: “Economists are Starting to Suspect that Unions Were a Better Deal than Textbooks Made Them Out To Be”

Tweet of the Day:  “Economists are Starting to Suspect that Unions Were a Better Deal than Textbooks Made Them Out To Be”

September 24 2018 This is my absolute new favourite headline on #IndustrialRelations and #LabourEconomists.   The accompanying article provides a nice, brief summary of the long-standing debates about What Unions…

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