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The Severance Pay “Loophole” Issue

Howard Hampton, leader of the Ontario N.D.P. party introduced a private members bill today that would amend the Employment Standards Act to broaden the scope of employers required to pay…

News Flash: Timbit Theft Case Has Happy Ending

Blaming an “overreaction” by the Store Manager, Tim Horton’s has rehired the woman who had the nerve to give a 16 cent timbit donut to an infant child.  I’m sure…

Can Toronto Declare the TTC an “essential service”?

You might have seen the flurry of articles recently on a motion put to Toronto city council that the TTC be declared an essential service.   The provincial government would have to…

Buzz on Back-To-Work Laws

This opinion piece is written by Buzz Hargrove, Director of the Canadian Auto Workers.  His beef is with the quick and non-contested nature of the back-to-work legislation rushed through the legislature ending…

Sex and the Weather Channel

Thanks to Workplace Prof Blog for this story about a nasty weather channel anchor who apparently believed his female co-hosts were there for his amusement.   What is the responsibility  of a…

Dough Brain?

This story describes how a Tim Horton’s employee, who is also a single mother, was fired for giving a 16 cent timbit to an infant.   The story doesn’t say whether…

Organizing Part-Time College Instructors – Writing on the Wall?

This story describes the efforts of OPSEU to organize part-time college instructors.  They claim to have collected enough membership cards to be entitled to a vote.  Trouble is, the Ontario Labour…

Battle in TTC Union?

Here’s an article on the TTC strike. Pay attention to how personalities and politics can influence industrial relations outcomes.   This sort of internal union politicking is not uncommon–it is a…