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Is the Test to Unionize Tougher Than to Leave Europe?

Is the Test to Unionize Tougher Than to Leave Europe?

June 28 2016 Crazy week in Britain, huh. Among the most amazing things about the Brexit result, in my mind, is that such a momentous decision was left to be…

Collective Bargaining vs. Collective Voice in Labour Law: A Primer

Collective Bargaining vs. Collective Voice in Labour Law: A Primer

I chaired a panel last weekend in St. Johns for the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers that considered the collective bargaining aspects of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review (CWR).  The CWR interim…

I Let My Employment Law Students Take a One Page Cheat Sheet into an Exam. Look What Happened

I Let My Employment Law Students Take a One Page Cheat Sheet into an Exam. Look What Happened

It’s a thing of beauty. I let my employment law students bring a one page, one sided 8 x 11 cheat sheet into their exam.  This one is my favourite,…

The Collective Bargaining Part of Law of Work (coming 2017)

The Collective Bargaining Part of Law of Work (coming 2017)

May 26, 2016 My new book The Law of Work was released late last fall and is already in use at universities across the country of courses in Employment Law.…

Guest Blog: Mandryk & Blum on Are Unpaid College Internships Illegal?

Guest Blog: Mandryk & Blum on Are Unpaid College Internships Illegal?

Here is another in my Guest Blog series.  This one is from labour lawyers Joshua Mandryk and Nadine Blum who are lawyers at the Toronto law firm of Goldblatt Partners. …

You Can Now Search Ontario Collective Agreements

You Can Now Search Ontario Collective Agreements

Many years ago, when I was a mere Masters’ of Industrial Relations student at U of Toronto, I had a summer job working for John O’Grady (shout out to John!),…

The Model of Sectoral Collective Bargaining Everyone is Whispering About

The Model of Sectoral Collective Bargaining Everyone is Whispering About

The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review (CWR), chaired by the Honourable Justice John Murray and respected senior labour lawyer Michael Mitchell, is set to release its Interim Report soon.  A central objective…

Ontario Government Violated Charter With “Ill Conceived” Bill 115

Ontario Government Violated Charter With “Ill Conceived” Bill 115

April 21, 2016 The Ontario government’s legislation restricting collective bargaining and the right to strike of hundreds of school board employees, including teachers and administrative workers, violated those workers’ right…

Howard v. Benson Group: No Mitigation Required When Fixed Term Contract Terminated Early

Howard v. Benson Group:  No Mitigation Required When Fixed Term Contract Terminated Early

This entry relates to material covered in The Law of Work book in Chapter 11 (looking at fixed term employment contracts, Chapter 16 (damages and mitigation in wrongful dismissal lawsuits).…

Is a Miscarriage a Disability?

Is a Miscarriage a Disability?

Cross-Reference to The Law of Work Book This entry relates to the scope of the definition of Disability and Sex discrimination under Human Rights Law, which is explored in Chapter…