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Course Name Special Topics in the Law of Work
Course Code LREL 6569
Course Credits 3.0
Pre/Anti-requisites
Course Description

This course explores in greater detail important issues and debates in labour and employment law. Students will consider the influence of law and economics on the development of work law and industrial relations policy, and the growing relevance of non-union forms of collective employee representation in law and practice, among other topics.

The topic for the 2019-2020 iteration of the Special Topics course is:
Labour Law, the Fissured Workplace, and the “Gig” Economy

The rise of the “gig economy” has brought public attention to a longstanding problem in labour law: the denial of basic labour law protections to many of today’s most vulnerable workers. This seminar will explore the causes and consequences of this phenomenon. Topics will include the law and political economy of fissuring and the “gig” economy; the legal definition of employment; legal limitations on workers’ power to contest unfair treatment; successful litigation and organizing strategies to date; and leading proposed policy solutions. As this is a global phenomenon, the readings will include cases and materials from a number of jurisdictions.

Upcoming Offerings

Summer 2020

Specialization Labour Relations and Employment Law
Status Elective
CPD Hours Eligible LSO CPD: 12h Substantive Professional LLM courses may be eligible for CPD/MCLE credits in other Canadian jurisdictions. To inquire about credit eligibility, please email cpd@osgoode.yorku.ca
NCA Status N/A

All courses and schedules are subject to change.