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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…

Some Questions Arising from the Star’s Fantastic Expose of Temp Worker Abuse

Some Questions Arising from the Star’s Fantastic Expose of Temp Worker Abuse

There is a long proud line of labour reporters who over the years have influenced labour policy by shining a spotlight on abusive labour practices.  As the newspaper industry for…

Guest Blog: Dr. Tess Hardy on Australia’s New Vulnerable Workers Law

Guest Blog:  Dr. Tess Hardy on Australia’s New Vulnerable Workers Law

September 6, 2017 Australia faces the same issues we confront here in Canada in relation to difficulties of poor working conditions in the thousands of small franchise operations scattered across…

Canada Demands US End “Right to Work” Laws in NAFTA Talks

Canada Demands US End “Right to Work” Laws in NAFTA Talks

There was an interesting development over the weekend in the NAFTA re-negotiations. Canada’s negotiating team put a demand on the table that the US effectively end so-called “right to work”…

In New York Times: Standard Employment Model vs. Fissured Work Model

In New York Times: Standard Employment Model vs. Fissured Work Model

September 3 2017 Catch-terms in labour law and policy these days include “precarious work” the “gig economy“, and “fissured work“.   All describe elements of the same transformation of work…

Could Canadian Companies Require Employees to be Micro-Chipped?

Could Canadian Companies Require Employees to be Micro-Chipped?

July 26 2017 This week a U.S. company called Three Square Market out of Wisconsin announced that it would be micro-chipping employees.  It stressed that the measure was voluntary, and…

On Bill 148′s Labour Relations Act Reforms, Little to Get Excited Over

On Bill 148′s Labour Relations Act Reforms, Little to Get Excited Over

After much fanfare and public consultation, the Changing Workplaces Review was released in May 2017.   Some 150 pages of that report was devoted to the Labour Relations Act and the mission…

The First Labour Law Research Network Festive in Prince Edward County is a Wrap

The First Labour Law Research Network Festive in Prince Edward County is a Wrap

I spent this week at the premier labour law conference in the world organized by the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), and this year the conference was held in my…

Annnnd… The Labour Law Pendulum Swings Back Again

Annnnd… The Labour Law Pendulum Swings Back Again

There’s a well-known adage in labour law circles that politically driven, ideological legal reforms that sway too far from the established centre, too far in favour or against collective bargaining,…

Bill 148: On Enforcement of ESA Compliance and a Missed Opportunity?

Bill 148:  On Enforcement of ESA Compliance and a Missed Opportunity?

June 10, 2017 The much anticipated Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 was introduced last week.  It has received a mix of praise and derision from labour groups…