39-3: Workplace Woes Archives - LawNow Magazine

Issues Faced by Vulnerable Workers in Canada

The Law Commission of Ontario defines vulnerable workers as “those engaged in precarious work”. “Precarious work” includes: those jobs where one has low wages and at least two of these other features; no pension; no union; and/or small firm size. Precarious work includes temporary foreign labour, service industry jobs, food services and accommodation jobs, temporary […]


Linda McKay-Panos
Linda McKay-Panos, BEd, JD, LLM, is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

The Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

There may, undoubtedly, be cases justifying a wilful disobedience of such an order; as where the servant apprehends danger to her life, or violence to her person, from the master; or where, from an infectious disorder raging in the house, she must go out for the preservation of her life. But the general rule is […]


Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Aleksandar Gvozdenovic
Aleksandar Gvozdenovic is finishing his B.Comm. at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary and will start law school in the Fall of 2014,

Workplace Bullying: What Employers Need to Know

Bullying in the workplace is slightly different from bullying seen in the childhood sandbox. There is rarely physical violence or threats (although these are possible), and the tormentors may not always be the most obvious culprits. Instead, workplace bullying may not even be noticeable to an outsider unaware of the situation. Province by province, workplace […]


Jordan Rodney
Jordan Rodney is the Managing Partner of Rodney Employment Law.

Shaun Bernstein
Shaun Bernstein is a 3rd year law student at University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (2015).

Being Fired: Employment and Identity

Clearing Your Name: Some Basic Rules if You’ve Been Fired for Fraud You’ve just been fired. It’s probably affecting you financially and emotionally to a great degree. Worse yet, your (now former) employer is saying it is “for cause” or “just cause”, possibly because of as serious an accusation as committing fraud or theft against […]


Matt Gordon
Matt Gordon is a student in the faculty of law at the University of Alberta and a member of Pro Bono Students Canada. (2014)

Independent Contractor or Employee

With business culture evolving, we see increasingly varied means to manage one of the most expensive and critical components of a business – human capital.  Whether a business is motivated to reduce labour costs, streamline available skills, or minimize staff during slower periods, At first blush, it may appear easy to determine whether individuals are employees […]


Caitlin Butler
Caitlin Butler, CPA, CA, is a designated accountant splitting her time between Vancouver, British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta. She is a member of the Video Tax News editorial board and is a co-writer and presenter of the Video Tax News National Personal Tax and Corporate Tax update courses.

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