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Guest Blog: Professor Emeritus Roy Adams on Protecting the Right of College Teachers to Strike

Guest Blog:  Professor Emeritus Roy Adams on Protecting the Right of College Teachers to Strike

 February 13 2018 Professor Emeritus Roy Adams (McMaster) has been a dogged advocate of the movement to treat labour rights as human rights for many years.   His work has…

Solving the Mystery of the Waitress Who Was “Reinstated” for “Not Smiling Enough”

Solving the Mystery of the Waitress Who Was “Reinstated” for “Not Smiling Enough”

A headline in the National Post today proclaims that a waitress fired for “not smiling enough” was reinstated “by court”.  Reminds me of a case I worked on in the…

Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Struck Down at Teck Coal

Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Struck Down at Teck Coal

  February 1 2018 This week, a senior arbitrator in British Columbia ruled that Tech Coal’s random drug and alcohol testing policy violated the collective agreement with the United Steelworkers…

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…