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Adieu, France’s 35 hour work week…

The debate  over whether the state should regulate maximum hours of work is as old as the capitalist model itself.  Some of greatest battles (and victories) in labour history, including…

Wronko v. Western Inventory: When can an employer amend the terms of an employment contract?

Wronko v. Western Inventory: When can an employer amend the terms of an employment contract?

You are an H.R. manager and you learn that one of your senior officials has a term in his employment contract that you don’t like, say, a requirement to give 2…

Feds Discriminate Against Women ‘Term’ Workers

The Canada Human Rights Tribunal issued an interesting decision recently in which it ruled that a federal government policy had an adverse impact on women workers.  The government likes to…

More on the Closure of Progressive Moulded Products

We mentioned in an entry last week the closure of Progressive Moulded Products and the fact that the workers may not receive their entitlements under the Employment Standards Act because…

Plant Closing, Bankruptcies, and Workers’ Claims

There is a story in the Star today about another plant closing, this one at Progressive Moulded Products in Vaughan. The workers have set up a picket line and are…

Illegal Immigration and the Labour Market

Thanks to Workplace Prof Blog for pointing out this interesting article from the New York Times discussing the ongoing debates and political battles in the U.S. relating to the use…

1 Job + 1 Job = No Job

Did you catch this story about the Revenue Canada lawyer in Toronto who accepted a second job in Ottawa without telling either employer that she had another job.   She claimed she…

Pleadings: The Short Hem Incident

This entry introduces a new category called “Real Life Pleadings”, in which I will post pleadings from interesting cases.  This should be useful to students, who can see how these…

Women Workers and Child Care

There’s a good piece in the Globe and Mail today describing Japan’s horrible female-labour force participation rate.  Besides blatent discrimination and biases about female workers in the male-dominated society, the…

Is Refusing to Disclose a Criminal Conviction ‘Just Cause’ for Dismissal?

The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that failing to disclose a manslaughter conviction in an employment application did not amount to ‘just cause’ for dismissal of a…