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Harry Arthurs’ Key Note Speech to Case Western: The Mysterious Disappearance of Labor … and of Labor Law?

Harry Arthurs’ Key Note Speech to Case Western:  The Mysterious Disappearance of Labor … and of  Labor Law?

I was just telling my undergrad students the other day that one of worlds’ leading industrial “pluralists” is our own Harry Arthurs here at York University, whose name graces a…

The Broad Scope of the Unlawful Employer Reprisal Under the ESA

The Broad Scope of the Unlawful Employer Reprisal Under the ESA

The Ontario Employment Standards Act, like most employment-related statutes, includes a section that prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who seeks to enforce their rights under the legislation.…

Conference on Multinationals and Socially Responsible Supply Chains

Conference on Multinationals and Socially Responsible Supply Chains

The people at CRIMT, the SSHRC funded Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), are hosting yet another great conference. This one will be held June 6-8 at HEC Montreal.…

Call for Contributions to the Geoffrey England Employment Law Scholarship

Call for Contributions to the Geoffrey England Employment Law Scholarship

Anyone who works in the field of Canadian labour and employment law will know of Geoffrey England. For decades he has been at the forefront of Canadian employment law scholarship.…

Arbitration Cases: Dishonesty & Incompetence Not Always Just Cause for Dismissal

Arbitration Cases:  Dishonesty & Incompetence Not Always Just Cause for Dismissal

We are about to talk about rules of dismissal and discharge in unionized environments in my summer course. So I am reviving my Arbitration Cases series in which I summarize…

No “Tort of Privacy” at Work. But is there a Contractual Right to Privacy at Work?

No “Tort of Privacy” at Work.  But is there a Contractual Right to Privacy at Work?

UPDATE: Court of Appeal has granted leave to hear an appeal from Jones v. Tsige. Will a tort of privacy rise from the ashes? Stayed tuned… [Hat Tip Chris Davidson]…

Is Your Employer Wrongfully Treating You as an Independent Contractor to Avoid Employment Standards?

Is Your Employer Wrongfully Treating You as an Independent Contractor to Avoid Employment Standards?

Originally published May 12, 2011 There’s a story in the Toronto Star this morning about the launch of a campaign called Stop Wage Theft by the Workers’ Action Centre in Toronto.…

Dismissal of Human Rights Complaints for Delay

Dismissal of Human Rights Complaints for Delay

The Ontario Human Rights Code allows the Tribunal to dismiss an application alleging workplace discrimination for delay. The key section is s. 34, and here’s what it says: 34. (1)…

Altman v. Steve’s Music Store: Employer Turfs Cancer Ridden Employee, and Pays for It

Altman v. Steve’s Music Store:  Employer Turfs Cancer Ridden Employee, and Pays for It

Courts in Canada have not been kind to insensitive, mean employers in recent years. The recently released decision in Altman v. Steve’s Music Store is another example. Basic Facts Altman…

New Labour and Employment Law Casebook is Out

New Labour and Employment Law Casebook is Out

The 8th Edition of the leading casebook on labour and employment law is now available. Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary has been the leading casebook in Canadian…