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Queen's University

Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

In November 2010, Queen's Law launched the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW).  The first of its kind in Canada, the Centre will provide an intellectual home for the Canadian labour and employment law community.

The Centre will train the next generation of leading labour and employment law practitioners, teachers and scholars, lead research into emerging trends and problems in workplace-related law, and actively exchange knowledge with labour and employment law stakeholders.  The Centre's focal activities will include research, curriculum development, teaching, dialogue and outreach on the role of the law in the contemporary workplace. 


Report on Labour Boards Research

Centre Researchers Elizabeth Shilton and Kevin Banks have now completed their preliminary report, The Changing Role of Labour Relations Boards in Canada:  Key Research Questions for the 21st Century.  The research for this report was funded by a grant from Queen's University's Senate Advisory Research Committee (SARC).  You can click on the report here.


We welcome your feedback.  If you are interested getting involved in the follow-up research discussed in the report, please contact Kevin Banks or Elizabeth Shilton.


CLCW Hosted:  Workplace Pensions:  Next Generation or Final Frontier

The Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace hosted a conference on Workplace Pensions:  Next Generation or Final Frontier?  Workplace pension plans are changing, under pressure from changing demographics, changing workplaces and the new global economy. These pressures have important implications for workplace pension law, which has attracted considerable recent interest from the Supreme Court of Canada. At this conference, experts from both Canada and the US will explore the legal implications of the changing pension climate for plan members, their employers and their unions.  The conference was held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel on Friday, May 23, 2014. 


To purchase a USB key of this conference along with materials, email Natalie Moniz-Henne at


Conference Photos


Conference Papers and Presentations



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The Douglas Cunningham Visitorship in Labour & Employment Law


Professor Matt Dimick visited the Faculty of Law on Monday, March 10th, 2014 and delivered the Douglas Cunningham Lecture entitled "Productive Unionism".  Bio to Professor Dimick.  Matthew is an engaging U.S.-based scholar who writes and teaches at the intersection of labour markets, firms and states.  Professor Dimick holds a Ph.D in economic sociology in addition to a JD.  His interests are wide ranging and include, in addition to labour law, voting behaviour in industrial democracies, and the plight of the working poor.


If you missed Professor Dimick's lecture, you can view it here.



Queen's Snags Second Place at National Labour Arbitration Moot Competition


The CLCW is delighted to report that Queen's placed second at the Mathews Dinsdale Canadian Labour Arbitration Moot Competition.  Oralists Jessica Liu and Angela Wiggins turned in outstanding performances, improving in each round.  They benefitted from the excellent research of Swarna Perinparajah, and from the thoughtful advice, experience and late evening sounding board provided by the three members of last year's team who returned to share student coaching duties:  Giovanna DiSauro, Melissa McKay and Chanelle Wong. 


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Privacy, Law and the Contemporary Workplace:  New Challenges and Directions


The Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace hosted it's second major conference which included eminent academics, adjudicators and practitioners.  They reflected on the gaps and guidance found in Canadian law for employers, workers and governments facing emerging privacy issues. 


Major topics included privacy in a wired and wireless world, searches and surveillance, and access and management of employee medical, psychological and genetic information. 


The Conference was held in Toronto at One King West hotel on Friday, November 22, 2013.  Special thanks to our sponsors:  Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP and Sherrard Kuzz LLP.

To purchase a DVD of this conference, email Natalie Moniz-Henne at


Conference Photos

The Labour & Employment Club Hosts Steve Shamie


Steve Shamie, Managing Partner of Hicks Moley LLP graciously offered to hold an informal discussion session with interested Labour & Employment Club members.  This was the second year the Club hosts this discussion, which was useful for anyone hoping to practice labour & employment law or wanting to learn more about this area.  The Session was held on Friday, October 18th in Macdonald Hall and gave students a unique opportunity to meet with the managing partner of one of Canada's top management-side firms in an informal environment.  We thank Steve for joining us and hope to continue this in future years.



Bernie Adell and Don Carter win the Bora Laskin Award


It is with great pleasure that we extend our congratulations to Bernie Adell and Don Carter who will receive the Bora Laskin Award this year, in recognition of their outstanding contributions in teaching and scholarship in the area of labour and employment law.  This is wonderful news and well-earned recognition at the highest level for two of our Centre colleagues.  


The Bora Laskin Award has been established by the University of Toronto to honour those who have made Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Labour Law.  The award is name after the late Chief Justice Bora Laskin (1912-1984) who, before joining the Supreme Court of Canada, was pre-eminent as a labour law scholar and labour arbitrator.



Nominations are considered of any professional involved in labour law, including academics, labour and management counsel, judges, arbitrators and adjudicators.


Congratulations to Bernie and Don!








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