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As Global Mobility Increases So Does Enforcement Of Immigration And Labour Laws

As global trade increases, so does the movement of labour between jurisdictions.  This is because companies increasingly require skilled labour to support growth in both emerging and high growth markets.  The rising demand for mobile labour is reflected in the rapid increase of global assignees over the past 10 years.  This trend is only expected to continue in the coming…

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Yukon Government launches program to expedite the entry of foreign workers

The Yukon Government has just launched a 1 year pilot program aimed at expediting the entry of foreign workers into the Territory.  The Government has specifically promised to work with employers to help them secure foreign labour where they cannot find Canadians or permanent residents to fill the roles. The program will aim to process…

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Global Labour Relations?: The Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh

The tragic collapse on April 24, 2013 of the Rana Plaza garment-manufacturing facility in Bangladesh may contribute to significant developments in the realms of corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) and global labour relations. Since April 24, approximately 40 global fashion companies that work with suppliers in Bangladesh have signed on to the Accord on Fire and…

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Pennsylvania Court: Employer Cannot Usurp Ex-Employee’s LinkedIn Profile

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an employer who hijacked an ex-employee’s LinkedIn account after terminating her violated multiple state laws in doing so. The plaintiff, Linda Eagle, was the co-founder and CEO of the defendant employer, EdComm, a banking education company.  The plaintiff shared her LinkedIn credentials with her subordinates in order to help manage…

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Employers charged under Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in relation to employment of foreign workers

Three business owners in Edmonton, Alberta were recently charged under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”).  These charges relate to the illegal employment and mistreatment of two temporary foreign workers from Israel. The workers were allegedly initially brought from Israel to Canada to work in a coffee shop in the Edmonton area.  The workers…

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