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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…

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…