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New Work Law Comic: The Collective Raise Demand Doesn’t Go Well

New Work Law Comic:  The Collective Raise Demand Doesn’t Go Well

In this new Work Law comic, my employee come together and demand a raise.  Check it out, then consider the discussion below. Discussion In the recent decision, Ontario v. Fraser,…

Walmart Workers Legally Strike in U.S., But Strike Would Be Illegal in Canada

Walmart Workers Legally Strike in U.S., But Strike Would Be Illegal in Canada

Have you noticed the stories this week about a series of strikes hitting Walmart stores in the U.S. This Huffington Post story explains that as of yesterday, there were strikes…

Love this New Animated Ed Broadbent Message About Income Inequality

When I was in Grade 5 back in the late 1970s, my teacher chose me to represent the NDP in our school mock election, and as Ed Broadbent, I wooped Pierre Trudeau…

The Origins of the Requirement to Give “Reasonable Notice” to Terminate an Employment Contract

The Origins of the Requirement to Give “Reasonable Notice” to Terminate an Employment Contract

Ever wonder where the requirement to provide reasonable notice to terminate an employment contract comes from?  The answer might surprise you. The answer has a lot of to do with…

The Right to Indemnity in Employment Contracts

The Right to Indemnity in Employment Contracts

A recent decision out of BC creates an opportunity to review the law of “indemnity” in employment law. Indemnity is a legal word meaning, in essence, to reimburse the Party…

Does The Protecting Public Services Act Violate the Charter?: Some Early Thoughts

Does The Protecting Public Services Act Violate the Charter?: Some Early Thoughts

Have you had a chance to read the controversial Liberal Bill being referred to in the press and Twitosphere as the “wage freeze” law?  The bill is called Protecting Public Services…

Did Toronto Councillor Just Violate the Labour Relations Act?

Did Toronto Councillor Just Violate the Labour Relations Act?

Here’s a nice question for budding new labour law students.  The Toronto Star is reporting today that CUPE is engaged in an CUPE is trying to organize GFL employees organizing…

A Question for Sports Lawyers: What Happens to a Standard Player Contract During a Lockout?

A Question for Sports Lawyers: What Happens to a Standard Player Contract During a Lockout?

Labour law, contract law, commercial law, anti-trust law, even health and safety law all intersect in the legal treatment of pro sports. On the last point, for example, I opined…

If an Employer Offers Inadequate Notice of Termination, Must the Employee Work the Notice Period?

If an Employer Offers Inadequate Notice of Termination, Must the Employee Work the Notice Period?

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued a wrongful dismissal decision this week that shows yet again that it is not enough for employers to provide statutory minimum notice of…

Teachers Boycott Volunteer Work: The Legal Issues

Teachers Boycott Volunteer Work: The Legal Issues

NOTE:  This entry has received dozens of comments from teachers and others, for which I am thankful.  It is always good to hear from the people who are affected by…