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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…

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.…

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