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Quitting and Giving Notice: What Employees Need to Know

Introduction Since employees like to be in control of their lives, they think they can quit an employer any time it suits them.  But woe to the employer who feels the same way about terminating employees.  Somehow employees think employers cannot freely dismiss employees but employees can dismiss employers as they choose. As it turns […]


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

Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore recently earned a B.Comm. at the Haskayne School of Business. (2014)

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.

Unpaid Interns have Little Protection under the Law

Imagine spending years in university, only to graduate and find out that in order to secure a job, you would have to work an undetermined amount of time for free.  At the end of the internship, there will be no assurance of employment; instead, you can chalk it up to getting some good experience and, […]


Stephanie Jansen
Stephanie Jansen is a student-at-law at the law firm of Attia Reeves in Edmonton, Alberta.

Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps: Empty Promises Spell the Death Knell of the Unpaid Internship

Unpaid internships are prevalent in Canada, with as many as 300,000 people currently working for free for some of the wealthiest and biggest transnational corporations. It has sparked nation-wide debate that has resulted in the naming and shaming of many businesses and corporations, including Bell Canada, the Vancouver Fairmont Hotel, and even the office of a […]


Ana Kraljevic
Ana Kraljevic, B.Sc., J.D., is a lawyer presently working as a paralegal instructor, regular contributor to an employment/labour publication, and an avid social justice advocate.

Compassionate Care: A New Basis for Temporary Unpaid Leave from Work

. . . provisions for eight weeks of unpaid compassionate care leave for individuals charged with caring for terminally ill family members.  This Bill would help to ensure that Albertans do not have to risk employment and careers while performing their familial duties. – Mr. Jeneroux, on introduction of Bill 203, the Employment Standards Compassionate […]


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

Preet Saini
Preet Saini is a law student at the University of Calgary (2014).

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