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On Bill 148′s Labour Relations Act Reforms, Little to Get Excited Over

On Bill 148′s Labour Relations Act Reforms, Little to Get Excited Over

After much fanfare and public consultation, the Changing Workplaces Review was released in May 2017.   Some 150 pages of that report was devoted to the Labour Relations Act and the mission…

Vacuousness of CSR on Display in Loblaws’ Victory in Rana Plaza Class Action Lawsuit

Vacuousness of CSR on Display in Loblaws’ Victory in Rana Plaza Class Action Lawsuit

Last week, Justice Paul Perell, my former Property Law prof, dismissed a $2 billion class action lawsuit filed against Loblaws and Joe Fresh by victims of the infamous Rana Plaza…

The First Labour Law Research Network Festive in Prince Edward County is a Wrap

The First Labour Law Research Network Festive in Prince Edward County is a Wrap

I spent this week at the premier labour law conference in the world organized by the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), and this year the conference was held in my…

Annnnd… The Labour Law Pendulum Swings Back Again

Annnnd… The Labour Law Pendulum Swings Back Again

There’s a well-known adage in labour law circles that politically driven, ideological legal reforms that sway too far from the established centre, too far in favour or against collective bargaining,…

Changing Workplaces Review (Part 1): A Look at the Unionization Proposals

Changing Workplaces Review (Part 1):  A Look at the Unionization Proposals

May 26 2017 The long-awaited final report of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review (CWR) was released this week.  The Report was written by two experienced labour lawyers representing both sides of…

Final Report of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review

Final Report of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review

May 23 2017 After a very long wait, the Ontario government today released the final report of its Changing Workplaces Review that examined both the Employment Standards Act and the…

My New Article Puts Labour Law to Work on Climate Change

My New Article Puts Labour Law to Work on Climate Change

We know that climate change will affect labour markets, but we have little to no policy plans to deal with those changes.  Part of the challenge is that experts on…

Judge Refuses Injunction to Stop Alcohol & Drug Testing at TTC

Judge Refuses Injunction to Stop Alcohol & Drug Testing at TTC

April 5 2017 Another step was taken in the long-standing conflict at the Toronto Transit Commission over the employer’s right to randomly test employees for alcohol and drugs.   This week,…

This Blog is Under Construction

This Blog is Under Construction

I’m excited to say that the third and final part of my book The Law of Work is nearing completion.  That part deals with The Collective Bargaining Regime. The book…

Guest Blog: BCTF Lawyer Diane MacDonald on Recent SCC “B.C. Teachers’ Case”

Guest Blog:  BCTF Lawyer Diane MacDonald on Recent SCC “B.C. Teachers’ Case”

A couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court of Canada heard an appeal with a long history that raised important freedom of association issues.  This was the latest case exploring…

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