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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…

A Successful Strike Vote is All That Stands in the Way of Employer Imposing Contract Terms

A Successful Strike Vote is All That Stands in the Way of Employer Imposing Contract Terms

September 16 2018 At York University, where I work, not a single full-time faculty member wants there to be a work stoppage.  I presume neither does the employer.   Lord…

Unifor Posts Photos of Replacement Workers as Gander Lockout Drags On

Unifor Posts Photos of Replacement Workers as Gander Lockout Drags On

 September 10, 2018 Unionized workers in Gander have been locked out by a Kansas-based company called D-J Composites since December 2016.  Let that sink in.  For almost two years, the…

A Wrongful Dismissal Case and the Absence of a Right of Employees to Act Collectively

A Wrongful Dismissal Case and the Absence of a Right of Employees to Act Collectively

August 28 2018 I want to start the 2018-19 academic year with an interesting issue that I have written about periodically over the years.  It has to do with the…

Professor Hugh Collins (Oxford) on Redefining Worker Status in Employment Law

Professor Hugh Collins (Oxford) on Redefining Worker Status in Employment Law

Presently, most statutes designed to protect workers apply only to “employees” engaged pursuit to a traditional “employment contract”. The same is true for most common law protections, such the implied…

Should Wage Stealing Bosses Be Imprisoned?

Should Wage Stealing Bosses Be Imprisoned?

I have reported in the past on a number of deadbeat employers in Ontario who have been imprisoned for failure to comply with orders to pay wages to their employees.…

The Back to Class Act (York University): A Quick Summary

The Back to Class Act (York University):  A Quick Summary

July 18 2018 Earlier this week, the new Conservative government in Ontario introduced Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018.   Schedule 3 of Bill 2 is the York Back to Work…

What Might the Doug Ford Conservatives Do to Labour Law?

What Might the Doug Ford Conservatives Do to Labour Law?

June 12 2018 Is labour law armageddon on the horizon in Ontario? The big win by Doug Ford and the Conservatives last week has raised concerns that Ontario’s labour law…

An “Epic” American Labor Law Case Through a Canadian Lens

An “Epic” American Labor Law Case Through a Canadian Lens

May 29 2018 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in an important decision that mandatory arbitration clauses inserted by employers into employment contracts block employees from joining a class…

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