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City of Toronto Violates ESA, Ordered to Pay Employees $5 Million in Back Wages

City of Toronto Violates ESA, Ordered to Pay Employees $5 Million in Back Wages

Politicians these days like to make big promises to cut public sector pay.  It’s politically popular to cast all public sector workers as lazy, overpaid deadweight.   In Toronto, a…

Does Sears Have a Policy of Falsely Alleging Cause for Dismissal?

Does Sears Have a Policy of Falsely Alleging Cause for Dismissal?

When I was a practicing lawyer, I had a bunch of cases in which employees had been cut off insurance benefits by an insurance company that alleges the employee no…

Law Commission on Vulnerable Work (and Doorey’s Submission)

Law Commission on Vulnerable Work (and Doorey’s Submission)

The Law Commission of Ontario is now situated across the field from me here at York.  The LCO studies areas of law in need of reform.  One of their existing…

B.C. Finally Raises Minimum Wage! Cue the Battling Economists

B.C. Finally Raises Minimum Wage! Cue the Battling Economists

Almost every time a province raises its minimum wage, the business lobby “think tank”, The Fraser Institute, releases some publication arguing that the minimum wage will increase poverty, cause unemployment,…

Why Would an Employer Argue for MORE Notice than the Employee in a Wrongful Dismissal Case?

Here’s an odd case.  In Serbanescu v. Span Manufacturing, decided recently by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the employer was arguing that it should have given the employee 5…

Did Mayor Ford’s Office Violate the Employment Standards Act

Did Mayor Ford’s Office Violate the Employment Standards Act

I noted the other day how the new Deputy Mayor of Toronto told a reporter that the City intends to fine contractors whose employees exercise their legal right to strike,…

Russo v. Kerr Bros.: What Happens When an Employee Who is Constructively Dismissed Keeps Working?

Thanks to one of my LLM students (Andrew Langille, who has his own very interesting blog called Youth and Work) for passing along word of an interesting recent decision from…

Here’s How to Improve Employment Standards Compliance

I was on a panel today at Lancaster House’s Labour Board Law conference, with Peter Engelmann (Sack Goldblatt), Delayne Sartison (Roper Greyell), and Robert Breen, Q.C. (Chair of the New…

Canada Ranks 20th in World in Gender Wage Equality

The World Economic Forum has released its annual study on gender equality, and Canada once again is ranked 20th.    Not surprisingly, the Scandinavian countries are once again at the…

Are Unpaid Interns Illegal in Ontario?

Are Unpaid Interns Illegal in Ontario?

 Originally Published September 27, 2010 I’ve been asked by the media twice in the last week about the legality of using “unpaid interns”.  Interns are usually understood to be people…