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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…

Bill 148: On Enforcement of ESA Compliance and a Missed Opportunity?

Bill 148:  On Enforcement of ESA Compliance and a Missed Opportunity?

June 10, 2017 The much anticipated Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 was introduced last week.  It has received a mix of praise and derision from labour groups…

Meet Bill 148: Ontario’s ‘Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017′

Meet Bill 148:  Ontario’s ‘Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017′

After months of hype, the day has finally come. The Ontario Liberals today introduced Bill 148, which in keeping with recent tradition, gave it a catchy proselytizing name “Fair Workplaces,…

Job Boards are Rampant with Illegal Job Ads. Should Anything be Done?

Job Boards are Rampant with Illegal Job Ads.  Should Anything be Done?

May 4 2017 Hat-tip to lawyer Jeff Dutton at @DuttonHRLaw for noting a job ad posted on the job posting website Indeed that was seeking:  “a few ladies and a…

Is a Decision to Terminate an Employee Tainted by Racial Discrimination Always Unlawful?

Is a Decision to Terminate an Employee Tainted by Racial Discrimination Always Unlawful?

May 1 2017 A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal deals with the following interest question: What if an employer’s decision to terminate an employee is tainted by…

A Reporter Asked Me if Employers Should Have Masturbation Rooms

A Reporter Asked Me if Employers Should Have Masturbation Rooms

I get a lot of media inquiries on matters of work law and industrial relations, but the latest caught me off guard. I was busy catching up on emails and…

Is 51 Too Old To Be Hired as a Police Officer?

Is 51 Too Old To Be Hired as a Police Officer?

A 51 year old woman has filed a human rights complaint alleging age discrimination after she was unsuccessful in a job competition to become a police officer, the Toronto Star…

NBA’s Decision to Pull All-Star Game from Charlotte Recalls Alberta’s Defiance Over ‘Sexual Orientation”

NBA’s Decision to Pull All-Star Game from Charlotte Recalls Alberta’s Defiance Over ‘Sexual Orientation”

I love when sports interacts with employment law. You may have seen yesterday’s announcement that the NBA has pulled the All-Star game from Charlotte North Carolina over a discriminatory law…