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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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Unions Bring Claim Relating to Hiring of Temporary Foreign Workers

Two major unions, the International Union of Operating Engineers (the “IUOE”) and the Construction and Specialised Workers’ Union (the “CSWU”), have requested a judicial review of the decision of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (“HRSDC”) to allow 201 Chinese workers to enter the Canadian labour market to work at the Murray River Coal project,…

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Canada to Collect Biometric Data from Temporary Foreign Workers

The Federal Government has recently announced that it will require temporary foreign workers from a range of countries to provide biometric data as part of a work permit application. Jason Kenney, Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, made it clear that starting in 2013 persons from 29 countries and one territory will be required to…

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Foreign Workers and Termination of Employment: What to do?

The recent trouble at the operations of XL Foods raises an important question:  What do employers do when something unexpected occurs and they must terminate the employment of a foreign employee either temporarily or permanently? The shutdown at XL Foods is a typical case of unforeseen circumstances leaving employers in an awkward position vis-à-vis their…

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