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Watch What Happens When Monkey’s Paid Unequally

Here’s a nice introduction to our class conversations about equal pay. Watch how the perception of unequal pay provokes anger and frustration. <iframe src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/meiU6TxysCg?feature=player_embedded” height=”340″ width=”540″ allowfullscreen=”" frameborder=”0″></iframe> <a href=”http://youtu.be/GcJxRqTs5nk”>In…

Mitigating Wrongful Dismissal Damages After Evans v. Teamsters

Mitigating Wrongful Dismissal Damages After Evans v. Teamsters

In a decision released last week, an Ontario Court ruled that an employee had not failed to mitigate his losses flowing from his termination by refusing to accept a more…

Deadbeat Employer Gets Jail Time

Deadbeat Employer Gets Jail Time

Another deadbeat employer has been sentenced to 90 days in jail by an Ontario Court for stealing his employee’s wages, according to a witness who was in the court room.…

Canada’s Fast Food Industry LOVES Temporary Foreign Workers

Canada’s Fast Food Industry LOVES Temporary Foreign Workers

This story just gets weirder, and more troubling every day. Check out this list of employers the Conservative government approved to permit Canadian employers to bring in foreign workers.  Link…

Are NHL Teams Breaking Law By Not Requiring Players to Wear Safety Masks?

Are NHL Teams Breaking Law By Not Requiring Players to Wear Safety Masks?

I was asked this week why NHL players don’t have to wear face masks.  The question arose in light of the most recent grizzly injury to a player hit in…

The Complex Relationship Between Discrimination Grievances and Human Rights Complaints

The Complex Relationship Between Discrimination Grievances and Human Rights Complaints

As we learn in Employment Law courses, work law is complicated by overlapping legal regimes.  For example, a single decision by an employer to dismiss an employee can give rise…

Chicago’s Wage Theft Law: A Good Idea for Canada?

Chicago’s Wage Theft Law: A Good Idea for Canada?

Starting July 2013, deadbeat bad employers will not be able to operate a business in Chicago. A new city ordinance was passed recently that could deny businesses a right to operate…

Are (Nonunion) Employees Better Off Without a Written Employment Contract?

Are (Nonunion) Employees Better Off Without a Written Employment Contract?

“Employees are better off without a written employment contract.”  Explain whether you agree or disagree with this statement drawing on the course materials. I’ve asked the above question on an…

Reflecting on the Rand Formula as Ontario’s Tories Target Their Union Foes

Reflecting on the Rand Formula as Ontario’s Tories Target Their Union Foes

In the Ontario Conservative Party’s policy paper on labour relations, there is a lot of talk about bringing in a new law that would prohibit employers and unions from bargaining…

Can an Employee Be Dismissed for Working Through Her Break?

Can an Employee Be Dismissed for Working Through Her Break?

A decision released this week by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal provides an opportunity to discuss an issue that baffles many HR students and practitioners.  How can an employer be…

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