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Meet Bill 148: Ontario’s ‘Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017′

Meet Bill 148:  Ontario’s ‘Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017′

After months of hype, the day has finally come. The Ontario Liberals today introduced Bill 148, which in keeping with recent tradition, gave it a catchy proselytizing name “Fair Workplaces,…

Changing Workplaces Review (Part 1): A Look at the Unionization Proposals

Changing Workplaces Review (Part 1):  A Look at the Unionization Proposals

May 26 2017 The long-awaited final report of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review (CWR) was released this week.  The Report was written by two experienced labour lawyers representing both sides of…

Final Report of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review

Final Report of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review

May 23 2017 After a very long wait, the Ontario government today released the final report of its Changing Workplaces Review that examined both the Employment Standards Act and the…

Random Thoughts for the Weekend: On Free Training, Selling Pot, Lawyer Bargaining, and the Changing Workplaces Review

Random Thoughts for the Weekend:  On Free Training, Selling Pot, Lawyer Bargaining, and the Changing Workplaces Review

May 19, 2017 Here’s a wrap up of a few issues to ponder that came up this week in the Law of Work.  Have a great long weekend! Can My…

Job Boards are Rampant with Illegal Job Ads. Should Anything be Done?

Job Boards are Rampant with Illegal Job Ads.  Should Anything be Done?

May 4 2017 Hat-tip to lawyer Jeff Dutton at @DuttonHRLaw for noting a job ad posted on the job posting website Indeed that was seeking:  “a few ladies and a…

Is a Decision to Terminate an Employee Tainted by Racial Discrimination Always Unlawful?

Is a Decision to Terminate an Employee Tainted by Racial Discrimination Always Unlawful?

May 1 2017 A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal deals with the following interest question: What if an employer’s decision to terminate an employee is tainted by…

Chapman v. GPM Investment: $330K Breach by Employer Not a Constructive Dismissal

Chapman v. GPM Investment: $330K Breach by Employer Not a Constructive Dismissal

April 18, 2017 A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal serves as a good reminder of an important point made in Chapter 15 of The Law of Work…

My New Article Puts Labour Law to Work on Climate Change

My New Article Puts Labour Law to Work on Climate Change

We know that climate change will affect labour markets, but we have little to no policy plans to deal with those changes.  Part of the challenge is that experts on…

The Law of Work Book is DONE!

The Law of Work Book is DONE!

Some of you know I have been writing a book for the past couple of years called The Law of Work.  It is now done!  Here is the book’s website.…

Judge Refuses Injunction to Stop Alcohol & Drug Testing at TTC

Judge Refuses Injunction to Stop Alcohol & Drug Testing at TTC

April 5 2017 Another step was taken in the long-standing conflict at the Toronto Transit Commission over the employer’s right to randomly test employees for alcohol and drugs.   This week,…