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British Employment Appeals Tribunal Finds Uber Drivers are Employees of Uber

British Employment Appeals Tribunal Finds Uber Drivers are Employees of Uber

November 10, 2017 A British Tribunal has upheld the decision finding that Uber drivers are “workers” (i.e.  employees) and not independent contractors and therefore are entitled to minimum wage and coverage…

Can an Employee Be Fired for Giving the Prime Minister the Finger?

Can an Employee Be Fired for Giving the Prime Minister the Finger?

An employee who gave the finger to President Trump while she was on a bike ride has been fired.   Juli Briskman worked for a marketing company in Virginia, and the…

Major Graduate Student Symposium on Labour Issues at York

Major Graduate Student Symposium on Labour Issues at York

The Global Labour Research Centre (of which I am a faculty associate) at York University is hosting its annual Graduate Student Symposium on October 26-27.  Looks like a great line…

Should Ontario Introduce New Prohibited Grounds Into Human Rights Code?

Should Ontario Introduce New Prohibited Grounds Into Human Rights Code?

Former Law Dean, now MPP Natalie Des Rosiers has proposed reforms to the Ontario Human Rights Code that would add four new prohibited grounds, including:  genetics, immigration status, social condition…

Precarious Work Conference at Western (Nov. 3-4)

Precarious Work Conference at Western (Nov. 3-4)

Professor Michael Lynk of Western Law has sent along the flyer for the upcoming annual Labour Law conference.  This year’s theme is Precarious Work, which is the current hot topic…

We Have a Problem of Quality Control in Employment Law Education

We Have a Problem of Quality Control in Employment Law Education

In my job as a work law professor, I occassionally come across “test banks” for testing knowledge of work law concepts produced by text book publishers, professional organizations that train…

To My American Friends: How Canada’s High Court Dealt with a Janus-Like Union Dues Challenge

To My American Friends: How Canada’s High Court Dealt with a Janus-Like Union Dues Challenge

A potentially explosive antiunion decision from the highly politicized and polarized US Supreme Court may be coming down the pipes. The Court agreed to hear an appeal in a case called Janus…

Is it Good Policy That Temp Agencies are Treated as Employers Under Workers Compensation Legislation?

Is it Good Policy That Temp Agencies are Treated as Employers Under Workers Compensation Legislation?

One of the useful takeaways from the Toronto Star’s recent undercover story on Feira Foods was its exposure of how employers use temporary placement agencies to avoid responsibility for workers.…

Can an Employer Refuse a “Discretionary” Bonus to a Terminated Employee?

Can an Employer Refuse a “Discretionary” Bonus to a Terminated Employee?

In a recent decision from British Columbia, the Court was asked whether it is a breach of an oral employment contract for an employer to deny payment of a “discretionary…

Announcing the New “Law of Work Best Paper Award”

Announcing the New “Law of Work Best Paper Award”

I’m very excited to announce the new annual Law of Work Best Paper Award, which will be awarded to the best paper submitted to the annual conference of the Canadian…