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Can an Employer Prohibit Tattoos and Piercings?

Can an Employer Prohibit Tattoos and Piercings?

Ages ago, I took a labour law class with Professor David Beatty at U of Toronto law school.  He told us a story about one of his first stints as an…

Musoni v. Logitek: Was This Notice of Termination Clause Enforceable?

Musoni v. Logitek: Was This Notice of Termination Clause Enforceable?

There’s an odd little wrongful dismissal decision recently decided by the Ontario Superior Court.  It may be a lesson in the risk of self-represention in employment law matters, but the…

Is a “Day of Protest” an Unlawful Strike?

Is a “Day of Protest” an Unlawful Strike?

UPDATE: As predicted, the OLRB has ruled that the threatened day of protest is in fact a strike, and since the teachers are not in a legal strike position, an…

Honoured to Receive the 2012 Fodden Award for Best Canadian Law Blog

Honoured to Receive the 2012 Fodden Award for Best Canadian Law Blog

I was surprised and honoured to learn my law blogging peers had selected Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog as the 2012 Fodden Award winner as Best Canadian Law Blog in this…

Manitoba To Repeal Two-Tier Law That Allowed Paying Disabled Workers Less

Manitoba To Repeal Two-Tier Law That Allowed Paying Disabled Workers Less

Recall the case I discussed last month involving an employer in Ontario who paid its disabled workers $1 per hour for years?  It was called Garrie v. Janus Joan.  I’ve…

“Unfair and Cruel” Dismissal of Employee Still Not “Bad Faith Discharge”

“Unfair and Cruel” Dismissal of Employee Still Not “Bad Faith Discharge”

In the era of Wallace v. UGG, so-called “Wallace Damages” for bad faith in the manner of dismissal were very common.  If the employer was a prick in the manner…

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Neoliberal

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Neoliberal

Here’s an interesting subject for industrial relations students.  You might have seen recent stories about how a Chinese/Canadian coal mining consortium was granted permission by the Federal government to bring…

Rogue Ontario Employer Sentenced to Jail for ESA Violations. A Good First Step?

Rogue Ontario Employer Sentenced to Jail for ESA Violations. A Good First Step?

An Ontario court has sentenced a rogue employer-director named Steven Blondin to 90 days in jail for repeated violations of the Employment Standards Act.  He was also ordered to pay…

Thompson Rivers U. Law School is Hiring Labour/Employment Law Professor

Thompson Rivers U. Law School is Hiring Labour/Employment Law Professor

Rarely these days do law faculties in Canada hire new labour and employment law professors, so it is worth noting that Canada’s newest law school at Thompson Rivers University in…

On an Employer’s “Duty to Inquire” Into an Employee’s Disability

On an Employer’s “Duty to Inquire” Into an Employee’s Disability

An employer decides to dismiss an argumentative, insubordinate employee.  Afterwards, the employee files a human rights complaint claiming she suffers from a mental disability that influenced her performance and therefore…