Labour law reform urged

Contract work, labour cost-cutting leave large class of ‘vulnerable’ workers, federal commission says
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/08/2004

Canada’s labour laws are failing a growing number of workers and are in need of fundamental reform, according to the Law Commission of Canada, a government advisory agency on legal reform.

The commission is releasing a discussion paper to launch a series of consultations and meetings across the country. A formal report with recommendations for reform will follow next year.

The world of work has changed drastically in recent years but labour laws have not kept up, leaving many workers unprotected, unsafe and vulnerable, said Karen Jensen, senior research officer and lead author of a discussion paper that forms part of the commission’s Vulnerable Worker project.