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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…

Liberals Introduce Back to Work Legislation to End York Strike

Liberals Introduce Back to Work Legislation to End York Strike

May 7 2018 The Liberals finally delivered York University what it wanted all along: interest arbitration.  It took two months from the commencement of a bitter strike.  Here is a…

Special Investigator Kaplan Recommends Interest Arbitration, Criticizes CUPE’s Bargaining Strategy

Special Investigator Kaplan Recommends Interest Arbitration, Criticizes CUPE’s Bargaining Strategy

The special Industrial Inquiry Commissioner, William Kaplan, has issued his final report.  For reasons that are not clear to me, the government does not appear to release these Industrial Inquiry…

Announcing the Inaugural Law of Work Best Paper Award Winner

Announcing the Inaugural Law of Work Best Paper Award Winner

May 2 2018 Professor Alison Braley-Rattai of Brock University’s Department of Labour Studies is the recipient of the inaugural Law of Work Best Paper Award for her paper entitled “Canada’s…

Fantastic Job Opportunity to do Research Work in Glasgow on Precarious Work and Law

Fantastic Job Opportunity to do Research Work in Glasgow on Precarious Work and Law

  April 13 2018 Professor Ruth Dukes of Glasgow School of Law, my good friend and international labour law star (and co-teacher with me in Osgoode’s LLM upcoming program in labour…

CUPE3903 Soundly Rejects York’s “Final Offer” in Forced Vote. Now What?

CUPE3903 Soundly Rejects York’s “Final Offer” in Forced Vote.  Now What?

 April 9 2018 Striking CUPE3903 members at York University have soundly rejected York University’s proposed collective agreement. The Vote Results The results of the vote, which was ordered after York…

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