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Greg McGinnis

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Greg McGinnis is a partner in the Toronto Labour and Employment Law group. Greg has a varied practice encompassing all areas of labour and employment law, with considerable experience in labour-management negotiations, work stoppages, union certification, OLRB litigation, and construction industry matters. As a former officer in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps (Reserve), Greg has personal experience managing people in stressful environments. He brings this experience to his client relationships, shepherding them through some of their most difficult business situations to a successful conclusion.

Labour Law as protection for vested interests against “social equality”

The Economist recently ran an article in which it advocated three policy priorities that are intended to advance the cause of social equality: A “Rooseveltian” [Teddy, that is] attack on monopolies and vested interests.   Included in the Economist’s list of targets are: “school reform” and introducing choice in education; and getting rid of distortions, such…

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Termination for Offensive Remarks – From 9/11 to Amanda Todd

The most recent example of an employee who exercised questionable judgment (to say the least) online is the individual who posted crude and offensive comments about the death of Amanda Todd, the teenager who recently committed suicide after suffering years of bullying.  Although the online comments were not made in his capacity as an employee,…

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CAW proposes return to protectionism in automotive sector

While perhaps one needs to give them credit for chutzpah, the CAW’s recent proposal for protecting the automotive¬†sector from foreign competition seems motivated by a desire to return to the past, or at least to postpone the future. No doubt, the economy is undergoing wrenching structural change, and institutions that grew and prospered under the…

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Freedom of Speech at Work? Not Exactly

With the media covering the suspension of the manager of the Florida Marlins for his ill-advised praise of Fidel Castro, and employers asking for their employees’ Facebook passwords, the question of freedom of speech at work is once again in the news. Canadians enjoy a constitutional right to freedom of expression.  Does this mean that…

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