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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…

Should Ontario Introduce New Prohibited Grounds Into Human Rights Code?

Should Ontario Introduce New Prohibited Grounds Into Human Rights Code?

Former Law Dean, now MPP Natalie Des Rosiers has proposed reforms to the Ontario Human Rights Code that would add four new prohibited grounds, including:  genetics, immigration status, social condition…

Precarious Work Conference at Western (Nov. 3-4)

Precarious Work Conference at Western (Nov. 3-4)

Professor Michael Lynk of Western Law has sent along the flyer for the upcoming annual Labour Law conference.  This year’s theme is Precarious Work, which is the current hot topic…

Is it Good Policy That Temp Agencies are Treated as Employers Under Workers Compensation Legislation?

Is it Good Policy That Temp Agencies are Treated as Employers Under Workers Compensation Legislation?

One of the useful takeaways from the Toronto Star’s recent undercover story on Feira Foods was its exposure of how employers use temporary placement agencies to avoid responsibility for workers.…

Some Questions Arising from the Star’s Fantastic Expose of Temp Worker Abuse

Some Questions Arising from the Star’s Fantastic Expose of Temp Worker Abuse

There is a long proud line of labour reporters who over the years have influenced labour policy by shining a spotlight on abusive labour practices.  As the newspaper industry for…

Guest Blog: Dr. Tess Hardy on Australia’s New Vulnerable Workers Law

Guest Blog:  Dr. Tess Hardy on Australia’s New Vulnerable Workers Law

September 6, 2017 Australia faces the same issues we confront here in Canada in relation to difficulties of poor working conditions in the thousands of small franchise operations scattered across…

In New York Times: Standard Employment Model vs. Fissured Work Model

In New York Times: Standard Employment Model vs. Fissured Work Model

September 3 2017 Catch-terms in labour law and policy these days include “precarious work” the “gig economy“, and “fissured work“.   All describe elements of the same transformation of work…

Could Canadian Companies Require Employees to be Micro-Chipped?

Could Canadian Companies Require Employees to be Micro-Chipped?

July 26 2017 This week a U.S. company called Three Square Market out of Wisconsin announced that it would be micro-chipping employees.  It stressed that the measure was voluntary, and…

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