Matthew L.O. Certosimo

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When can HR legally demote an employee?

Offering an employee a promotion is usually a celebratory occasion. Rewarding hard work, striving for enhanced productivity and showing your support …

Employment

Equal pay for equal work: New rules arrive today in Ontario

Ontario will ensure part-time, casual and seasonal employees are paid at the same rate as full-time workers through new legislation that comes into …

Will the 'Pay Transparency Act' impact your organization?

2018 has been a year of legislative upheaval, as employers try to get their heads around a flurry of impending legal jargon.<p>The latest governmental …

Defunct company fined $1.3M following workers deaths

A now defunct mining company has been fined a record $1.3 million following the deaths of two workers in 2014.<p>In 2014, Norm Bisaillon and Marc Methe …

How to navigate the controversial minefield of written termination clauses

The enforceability of written termination clauses in employment contracts is a very hot, indeed controversial, topic right now. We spoke to Matthew …

The evolution of just cause termination

It’s been twenty years since Justice Randall Echlin and Matthew Certosimo, Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais, wrote Just Cause: The Law of Summary …

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p><b>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues</b> filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

The Workplace

Stingy Canadian Employers Face ‘Workforce Crisis’ In 2018: Report

Businesses risk losing talent next year if they don't sweeten their offer to employees, Hays says.<p>Canada's employers face a potential "workforce …

The Workplace

Uber Hit With New Blow in London as Panel Says Drivers Aren’t Self-Employed

LONDON — Uber suffered another setback in its biggest market outside the United States after a British employment tribunal rejected the ride-hailing company’s argument that its drivers are self-employed.<p>The decision on Friday, which affirmed a ruling issued last year, means that Uber will have to …

Transportation

The Hidden Battle of the Sexes at Work - WSJ

For all the effort employers are pouring into advancing women in the workplace, why are they making so little headway?<p>One big obstacle: Men and women are at odds over whether there even is a problem to begin with.<p>In the same offices and on the same teams, women largely view gender equality as a …

Employment

Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk

First there were individual offices. Then cubicles and open floor plans. Now, there is a “palette of places.”<p>New office designs are coming to a workplace near you, with layouts meant to cater to the variety of tasks required of modern white-collar workers. Put another way, it means people don’t sit …

The Workplace

An Accident On The Moon, Young Lawyers To The Rescue

When Alexia Boggs was applying to law school, she initially considered all the big specialties, but none of them seemed quite right.<p>"I was looking for a field of law where none of my family could ever seek my help," she says, sarcastic but also not really joking.<p>She found what she was looking for …

Space Exploration

US not expected to budge on labour mobility as NAFTA talks enter next round of negotiations

OTTAWA – Canada’s goal of increasing the flow of workers across the continent’s borders has slammed into U.S. intransigence during the first two …

Meet the CamperForce, Amazon's Nomadic Retiree Army

<b>In the spring</b> of 1960, just after he turned 16, Chuck Stout went to work as a “garbage boy” at a McDonald’s in Toledo, Ohio. For 85 cents an hour, he …

RVs

Who started Labor Day? The bloody and confusing history of an American holiday.

The act making Labor Day a federal holiday spared few words when it was signed into law on June 28, 1894. Above the scripted signatures of President Grover Cleveland, the speaker of the House and the vice president, the 83-word law declared that the first Monday of September be “the day celebrated …

New Jersey

Can cutting work hours solve Japan’s productivity puzzle?

Law makers and companies are aiming for shorter hours and a better work-life balance for Japanese people, in an attempt to solve a national productivity crisis<p>The Japanese government is hoping a single phrase can overhaul its economy and stop its salarymen and women from working themselves to …

Employment

How Your Brain Benefits From the Long Labor Day Weekend

An argument for the permanent three-day weekend.<p>Some Americans will head out of town or host epic end-of-summer barbecues this long Labor Day …

McDonald's workers stage company's first strike in Britain

© Reuters. Protestors demonstrate in support of workers at British McDonalds restaurants striking in a protest over pay and other industrial …

United Kingdom

Sharp differences over labor surface at NAFTA talks in Mexico | Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tensions over sharp differences in pay between Mexican workers and their Canadian and U.S. counterparts surfaced on Sunday as negotiators discussed labor market rules in talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.<p>Jerry Dias, president of Canada's Unifor Union …

Mexico City

Macron’s First Step Toward Transforming France

The president's labor-market reforms should be a prelude to bigger changes.<p>President Emmanuel Macron’s new government has unveiled its plan to overhaul France’s notoriously rigid labor market. It includes useful measures that should help to boost employment, and it’s a good first step. …

Trump Shifts Labor Policy Focus From Worker to Entrepreneur

Even by the standards of the Trump era, one of the more unusual departures from recent Washington practice came in June, in a case before the Supreme Court involving worker rights.<p>The Trump administration felt so strongly on the issue — that employers can force workers to forfeit their rights to …

Obama Administration

CEO Tim Cook says he stands by Apple’s 250 DACA-status employees

Apple chief executive Tim Cook tweeted Sunday morning that he stands by the 250 Apple employees who have DACA status.<p>This is the first time that Apple has publicly disclosed how many employees with DACA status work at the technology behemoth.<p>Cook's remarks come as he and hundreds of business …

Tim Cook

Universal Basic Income Could Grow the U.S. Economy by an Extra 12.5%

A team of economists from the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute conclude in a new research study that implementing a guaranteed income of $1,000 a …

Workplace sexism survey shows 'disturbing' gap in male and female perception

Young Women’s Trust survey finds almost half of female HR directors think their workplaces are sexist compared with a quarter of men<p>Almost half of female HR directors and decision-makers think their workplaces are sexist, compared with only a quarter of men in the same position, according to …

Sexual Harassment

Labour movement has leapt forward in last decade, leaders say

Leaders in the labour movement say things are looking better this Labour Day than they did a decade ago, despite a shifting economic landscape that …

The Real Battle Begins: Mr. Macron vs. the Labor Code

Since his spectacular victory in France’s presidential race in May on a promise of a new kind of politics, Emmanuel Macron has had a rocky ride. The military chief of staff quit in anger over budget cuts; the president endured ridicule over how much he spent on his makeup; he has been accused of …

European Union

The Best Era for Working Women Was 20 Years Ago

The working woman was everywhere in 1980s and 1990s pop culture: The tough single gal Murphy Brown ran the news on TV every week. Dolly Parton in “9 to 5,” Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl,” and the ominously coldhearted mother in “Mrs. Doubtfire.”<p>We didn’t know it then, but that was the apex for …

Income Inequality

What One Company Learned from Forcing Employees to Use Their Vacation Time

Have you ever felt burned out at work <i>after</i> a vacation? I’m not talking about being exhausted from fighting with your family at Walt Disney World all week. I’m talking about how <i>you knew</i>, the whole time walking around Epcot, that a world of work was waiting for you upon your return.<p>Our vacation …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Business (Canada)

The Lawyer, the Addict

In July 2015, something was very wrong with my ex-husband, Peter. His behavior over the preceding 18 months had been erratic and odd. He could be angry and threatening one minute, remorseful and generous the next. His voice mail messages and texts had become meandering soliloquies that didn’t make …

Drug Addiction