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This Blog Entry is About the Lunacy of Employment Standards Exemptions (and it has alpacas, emus, and minks too!)

This Blog Entry is About the Lunacy of Employment Standards Exemptions (and it has alpacas, emus, and minks too!)

July 22 2019 (updated from an earlier post) It’s always fun to discuss with my Employment Law students the whacky and incoherent exclusions from employment standards legislation in this country. Try…

Bill 66: How Politicians Exploit Power in Shaping Employment Standards

Bill 66:  How Politicians Exploit Power in Shaping Employment Standards

April 3 2019 This week the Ontario Conservative government passed Bill 66, with the typical silly name “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019″.  This is an omnibus bill that amends a…

Heller v. Uber: Some Thoughts from Ontario on Uber’s Arbitration Clause

Heller v. Uber: Some Thoughts from Ontario on Uber’s Arbitration Clause

 January 7 2019 By now, you have no doubt heard about the big Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Heller v. Uber Technologies, released as the first decision of the…

Should Wage Stealing Bosses Be Imprisoned?

Should Wage Stealing Bosses Be Imprisoned?

I have reported in the past on a number of deadbeat employers in Ontario who have been imprisoned for failure to comply with orders to pay wages to their employees.…

On French Stereotypes and the Case of the “Aggressive” Milestones Waiter

On French Stereotypes and the Case of the “Aggressive” Milestones Waiter

March 28 2018 A curious little case out of British Columbia recently made international news.  I first read about the case in The Guardian from England, and later saw a…

Solving the Mystery of the Waitress Who Was “Reinstated” for “Not Smiling Enough”

Solving the Mystery of the Waitress Who Was “Reinstated” for “Not Smiling Enough”

A headline in the National Post today proclaims that a waitress fired for “not smiling enough” was reinstated “by court”.  Reminds me of a case I worked on in the…

On Tim Hortons, Minimum Wage, Conspiracy, and Unlawful Reprisals

On Tim Hortons, Minimum Wage, Conspiracy, and Unlawful Reprisals

Happy new year! This story from the CBC on a Tim Horton’s franchisee penalizing its employees by taking away a list of contractual entitlements and blaming it on the new…

My Review of Bill 148 ESA Reforms (With Just a Little Snarky Commentary)

My Review of Bill 148 ESA Reforms (With Just a Little Snarky Commentary)

Quick Bill 148 Summary of Employment Standards and OHSA Reforms The new Bill 148 amendments to the Ontario Employment Standards Act are far ranging and important.  Bill 148 is the…

British Employment Appeals Tribunal Finds Uber Drivers are Employees of Uber

British Employment Appeals Tribunal Finds Uber Drivers are Employees of Uber

November 10, 2017 A British Tribunal has upheld the decision finding that Uber drivers are “workers” (i.e.  employees) and not independent contractors and therefore are entitled to minimum wage and coverage…

Can an Employee Be Fired for Giving the Prime Minister the Finger?

Can an Employee Be Fired for Giving the Prime Minister the Finger?

An employee who gave the finger to President Trump while she was on a bike ride has been fired.   Juli Briskman worked for a marketing company in Virginia, and the…

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