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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…

The Women in My Courses Will Earn 63% of the Men. Fair?

A new study shows that Canadian women with post secondary education earn only 63 percent of what men with similar qualifications earn.  Here is the Globe and Mail story. For…

Piresferreira v. Bell Mobility: I’m Confused, Please Help!

The Ontario Court of Appeal issued a landmark employment law decision a couple of weeks ago called Piresferreira v. Ayotte. The case is being discussed mostly for the Court’s ruling…

Is Telling Your Boss to “F#@& Off” Cause for Dismissal?

Is Telling Your Boss to “F#@&  Off” Cause for Dismissal?

You are an HR manager, and you notice one of your employees sulking around the workplace and complaining about the competence of management.  So you call the employee into a…

Should We Allow Shopping 365 Days a Year?

I remember years ago, when I was working in the men’s clothing department of Eatons, the heated discussions around the cafeteria about the pending law that would permit retail stores…