Category Archives: Employment Law

Employment Standards Appeals Are Lengthy and Difficult, Yet Meant to Protect the Vulnerable: Case Comment on 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan

This post comments on a recent Employment Standards Umpire decision, 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan, 2013 CanLII 87001 [Bistro India], which was unusual in that it required seven days of hearing. The employer, a numbered company which operated a restaurant, … Continue reading

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Protecting the Vulnerable from Unscrupulous Recruiters: Alberta’s Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation

In her May 30, 2012 post, my colleague, Tiffany Stokes, referred to new rules being implemented by the Government of Alberta, which may work to curtail illegal recruitment of temporary foreign workers (TFWs). These new rules – formally known as … Continue reading

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Class Action Certified and Other TFW News

On March 5, 2012, the British Columbia Supreme Court certified a class action lawsuit involving current and former temporary foreign workers for Denny’s Restaurants in the case of  Dominguez v. Northland Properties Corporation, 2012 BCSC 328 (CanLII). There are approximately … Continue reading

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“Bait and Switch”: Requiring Employers to Pay Temporary Foreign Workers the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Wage Rates

Many of the Clients of the ECLC are Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) who are in “low-skilled” (and therefore low-paying) positions.  Unfortunately, these individuals often find themselves in difficult situations because they are vulnerable on multiple levels: they are low-income, English … Continue reading

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