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Attempt to Use Fake Unions to Block Real Union Fails in Alberta

Attempt to Use Fake Unions to Block Real Union Fails in Alberta

A central premise underlying Canadian collective bargaining law is that employees should have the right to select both (1) whether to join a union and opt for collective over individual…

Still Time to Submit Your Paper for the Inaugural Law of Work Best Paper Award

Still Time to Submit Your Paper for the Inaugural Law of Work Best Paper Award

Here’s a reminder to scholars and graduate students to consider submitting a paper for the inaugural Law of Work Best Paper Award, which will be awarded at the annual conference…

On Tim Hortons, Minimum Wage, Conspiracy, and Unlawful Reprisals

On Tim Hortons, Minimum Wage, Conspiracy, and Unlawful Reprisals

Happy new year! This story from the CBC on a Tim Horton’s franchisee penalizing its employees by taking away a list of contractual entitlements and blaming it on the new…

How Bill 148 Creates the Means and the Incentive for Building Services Employees to Join Unions

How Bill 148 Creates the Means and the Incentive for Building Services Employees to Join Unions

I have written a couple of explanatory posts (see here and here) on Ontario’s new Bill 148 legislation, which amends parts of the Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, and Occupational Health…

My Review of Bill 148 ESA Reforms (With Just a Little Snarky Commentary)

My Review of Bill 148 ESA Reforms (With Just a Little Snarky Commentary)

Quick Bill 148 Summary of Employment Standards and OHSA Reforms The new Bill 148 amendments to the Ontario Employment Standards Act are far ranging and important.  Bill 148 is the…

College Instructors Overwhelmingly Reject Employers’ “Final Offer”. Now What?

College Instructors Overwhelmingly Reject Employers’ “Final Offer”.  Now What?

November 16 2017 The college instructors represented by OPSEU have soundly rejected the College Employer Council’s proposed collective agreement put to them in a forced “final offer vote”.  The 5…

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…