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Real Pleadings: Explosive Lawsuit Alleging Systemic Discrimination in Public Service

Real Pleadings: Explosive Lawsuit Alleging Systemic Discrimination in Public Service

A Toronto Star story today describes an interesting lawsuit filed by two women employed in the Ontario public service who allege a pattern of systemic discrimination against black employees dating…

Tears Are Not Enough: Court of Appeal Tosses Aggravated Damages Award

Tears Are Not Enough: Court of Appeal Tosses Aggravated Damages Award

October 28 2018 A recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision reminds us that balling your eyes out when you are fired is not “evidence” of psychological harm resulting from…

Professor Hugh Collins (Oxford) on Redefining Worker Status in Employment Law

Professor Hugh Collins (Oxford) on Redefining Worker Status in Employment Law

Presently, most statutes designed to protect workers apply only to “employees” engaged pursuit to a traditional “employment contract”. The same is true for most common law protections, such the implied…

Announcing the Inaugural Law of Work Best Paper Award Winner

Announcing the Inaugural Law of Work Best Paper Award Winner

May 2 2018 Professor Alison Braley-Rattai of Brock University’s Department of Labour Studies is the recipient of the inaugural Law of Work Best Paper Award for her paper entitled “Canada’s…

Fantastic Job Opportunity to do Research Work in Glasgow on Precarious Work and Law

Fantastic Job Opportunity to do Research Work in Glasgow on Precarious Work and Law

  April 13 2018 Professor Ruth Dukes of Glasgow School of Law, my good friend and international labour law star (and co-teacher with me in Osgoode’s LLM upcoming program in labour…

Impaired Driving Not Cause for Dismissal of Assistant Fire Chief

Impaired Driving Not Cause for Dismissal of Assistant Fire Chief

February 22 2018 An Assistant Fire Chief driving is pulled over for suspected impaired driving whereupon he fails two breathalyzer tests.  He was driving the Fire Chief’s truck, which was…

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…

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…

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…

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