Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Migrants at Work in Canada Symposium 

On April 20-21, 2018, the symposium brought together academics and migrant worker advocates with three objectives in mind. The first objective was to facilitate interaction between researchers studying migrant worker issues and advocates who work with migrant communities. We wanted the symposium to generate original theoretical, empirical, and practical research that is informed by the work of advocates on the ground. The second objective was to make this knowledge available to the broader public through the publication of academic papers and other accessible avenues. The third objective was to provide migrant worker advocates with access to cutting-edge research to inform their practice.
Law, Work and Family Care:  A Symposium 
 On February 17-18, 2018, the Centre, along with Osgoode Hall Law School, Women's Legal Education & Action Fund and Canadian Human Rights Commission hosted a symposium which brought together academics, lawyers, social scientist and policy makers to examine how the law currently addresses the intersection between work and family care, and how it might be reshaped to better accommodate the realities and aspirations of 21st century families and workplaces.
One Law for All”: Has Weber v Ontario Hydro transformed Collective Agreement Administration and Arbitration in Canada? 
  • Elizabeth Shilton welcomes attendees

  • Carol Mackillop, Kevin Banks, Richard Chaykowski and Sara Slinn

  • Richard Chaykowski and Sara Slinn

  • Mark Contini, Jo-Anne Pickel, Shannon Webb & Michael Lynk

  • Dean Bill Flanagan

  • Chris Dassios, Renée-Claude Drouin & Alan Hyde

  • Symposium attendees

  • Manoj Dias-Abey, Karen Schucher & Claire Mummé

  • Susan Stewart

  • Randi Ambramsky, Bruce Archibald, Paula Knopf & Rick MacDowell

October 30-31, 2015: The Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace at Queen’s University hosted a Symposium on October 30-31 at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre in Kingston, Ontario entitled “One Law for All”: Has Weber v Ontario Hydro transformed Collective Agreement Administration and Arbitration in Canada? Marking the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Weber v Ontario Hydro, the Symposium honoured the late Professor Bernard Adell, former Queen’s Law professor and a major figure in academic labour law in Canada. It brought together lawyers, scholars, adjudicators, government policy makers, trade unionists and other professionals from both labour and management to reflect on the Weber legacy, and on the contribution of that legacy to the strengths and weaknesses now apparent in Canada’s labour arbitration system.  Conference Papers & Presentations
What Are the Implications of Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan?
April 24, 2015: The recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada in Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan and Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada demonstrate a significant shift in Charter jurisprudence as it relates to the freedom of association guaranteed in s. 2(d). Revising 30 years of labour law, the majority of the Court determined that the Right to Strike is constitutionally protected under s. 2(d). The Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace reviewed the historical and judicial underpinnings of the majority and minority decisions and discussed the broader implications for labour law in Canada.
Adjudicating Human Rights in the Workplace: After Ontario's Pinto Report, Where Do We Go Next?

November 9-10, 2012: This workshop was designed to generate new thinking on the adjudication of workplace human rights issues, in light of recent legislative reforms and the on-going problems posed by multiple and competing adjudicative forums. Speakers were drawn from all corners of the human rights spectrum, and includes senior members of human rights commissions, tribunals and organization. Andrew Pinto, Chair of the Review, discussed the highlights of his report and discussed the review process. Draft papers were circulated in advance of the workshop. This event was funded, in part, by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

In the Wake of the Drummond Report and Ontario Budget: Prospects for Reform of Industrial Relations in the Ontario Broader Public Sector:
June 22nd, 2012: This workshop brought together many of the leading labour relations and labour law experts and industrial relations leaders to consider the prospects for policy reform in industrial relations in the Ontario broader public sector, in light of the recent Drummond Commission Report on the reform of Ontario's public services and the recent Ontario budget. This workshop took place at One King West Hotel in Toronto with keynote speakers: Warren "Smokey" Thomas, O.P.S.E.U. President and Donald Drummond, Chair, Ontario Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Service.  Workshop Materials
Freedom of Association in Private Transnational Law: How Enforceable are the Commitments of European Companies in North America?

On Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th, 2011, the CLCW hosted a Workshop titled "Freedom of Association in Private Transnational Law: How Enforceable are the Commitments of European companies in North America?"

This workshop, organized by the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace in partnership with the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) and the Program in Comparative Labor and Employment Law and Policy at the University of Illinois, was designed to explore the enforceability of non-contractual instruments, such as corporate codes of conduct and international framework agreements between firms and international labour federations, as tools for protecting worker freedom of association. Participants who were included were scholars and practitioners from Canada, the United States and Europe as well as Canadian doctoral students, who consider the enforceabilty and efficacy of these tools from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Implications of the Fraser Case
On Monday, June 13, 2011, the CLCW hosted a Workshop on the Implications of the Fraser Case. Leading academics and practitioners discussed the immediate and longer-term implications of the important recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada In Ontario (Attorney General) v. Fraser, 2011 SCC 20. Union and Management Lawyers squared off on what the Justices were saying and what the decision means for the understanding of the Freedom of Association under the Charter in the future. The Workshop hosted all speakers at Queen's Law in Macdonald Hall and also presented live via videoconference at four offices of Gowlings LLP across Canada. The offices included Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.  Workshop Materials
Labour Arbitration as Access to Justice

April 29, 2011: the CLCW hosted a Workshop on the need for grievance arbitration to deal with human rights issues, employment standards issues, common law doctrines and issues, constitutional issues, and much more complex fact situations. Should we take pride in the fact that a dispute resolution system designed and operated by unions, employers and their counsel is being trusted to resolve such a range of fundamental and increasingly complex questions? Or is it being pushed beyond its limits? What changes to arbitration processes, if any, are needed today.



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