Archive for October 2017


Lecture 7: Quits and Employment Standards (Part One)


What This Lecture is About

This lecture begins with the topic of Quits, which is the final subject of the Common Law Regime.  We then move from the Common Law Regime to the Regulatory Regime.

The Regulatory Regime involves government intervention in freedom of contract by means of statutes and regulations enacted by politicians.  Each law enacted by the government addresses some perceived failure or the common law system of freedom of contract and tort law.  Employment is among the most legislated relationships, but we will only have time in this class to explore two types of laws that are very important:  employment standards and human rights.

In this lecture, we introduce the Regulatory Regime and some key concepts related to it, and then we move onto consider how governments have regulated Wages.

Lecture Notes

Here are the slides covering Quits.

Here are lecture notes covering Chapter 19: Mapping Labour Market Regulation.

Here are lecture notes covering Chapter 21: The Regulation of Wages

Additional Handouts and Links Referred to In the Lecture

Now, that’s a quit!

Here’s the video I mentioned in class but did not show about how a Bill becomes a Law.  It is based on US law, but the system is similar enough that the video is useful.  Plus it is just a really fun video that I watched as a kid!

This handout provides an overview of the complex system of rules that govern minimum wages in Ontario, including a list of all the special categories and exemptions.

This handout details how Ontario law regulates hours of work.

Who Makes the Minimum Wage?

Optional Assignment is Now Posted


The optional assignment is now posted under the heading Assignment at the top of this page.  Please read the instructions carefully.  You do not need to tell me if you are doing the assignment ahead of time.  If you submit an assignment by the due date you will be graded according to the grading scheme described as Option One on the outline.  If you do not submit an assignment by the due date, you will graded according to Option Two (No assignment).

Keep in mind that given the weighting scheme, the assignment tends to influence grades only a few percentages up or down and so you should keep this in mind in your decision whether it is a good use of your time to write the optional essay.  For most of you, your time will be better spent studying for the exam.  You must also assess whether essay writing is your strength or not.

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Midterm Format and Details

Overview of Midterm Format

The midterm will have 20 multiple choice questions (bring a pencil) worth 2 marks each, and 4 short answer questions worth either 10 or 15 marks for a total of 60 marks.  The test is 2 hours.  It is closed book.  It will be held in the normal classroom beginning at 2:40 and ending at 4:40 p.m.

The midterm covers materials up to an including Week 6 on your syllabus (but NOT Chapter 17 Quits).

Study by reading the materials closely, summarizing the key facts, issues, and legal decisions in the cases, and doing practice questions at the back of the chapters.  You can also look at more practice questions here.

I will provide you with this list of the names of all of the cases that we discussed and that appear in the Case Law Highlight boxes in the text.

Good luck, Professor Doorey


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