Mapping the Contours of Employment Standards in Ontario

Thursday May 14th, 2015 | 11:00am- 1:00pm | S701 Ross Building

John Grundy is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research interests are labour market policy, public administration and equity policy. His current research focuses on employment standards enforcement in Ontario and the administration of the Employment Insurance program.

Alan Hall is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Master of Employment Relations program at Memorial University. Prior to joining Memorial in 2013, he was the Director of labour studies at the University of Windsor. Alan’s research research interests include occupational health and safety, policing and enforcing labour related laws and regulations, workplace politics, and employment relations

Andrea Noack has a long-standing interest in understanding the history and politics of knowledge production in Canada. In particular, she focuses on how practices of survey design work as a form of governing and regulation. Her current research focuses on the development and discontinuation of the Canadian Census “long-form”. She also maintains a commitment to community-engaged research by participating in research teams investigating working conditions in Canada’s public sector, precarious work in Ontario, and the enforcement of employment standards. Dr. Noack’s commitment to teaching statistics has also prompted her to investigate the effects of interactive teaching techniques and alternative pedagogies on students’ learning, especially in traditionally difficult subject areas, such as physics.

Elliot Siemiatycki completed his PhD in Geography at UBC in 2013. He is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at York University. Elliot has an MA in Geography from York University and BA in Industrial Relations from McGill University.

Mark Thomas is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. His research interests are in the areas of political economy and economic sociology, with a primary research focus on the regulation of labour standards at local, national, and transnational scales. He is the author of Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards (2009, McGill-Queens), co-editor (with N. Pupo) of Interrogating the New Economy: Restructuring Work in the 21st Century (2010, University of Toronto Press) and co-editor (with D. Brock and R. Raby) of Power and Everyday Practices (2012, Nelson), and has published in journals including Labor Studies Journal, Studies in Political Economy, Economic and Labour Relations Review, and Journal of Industrial Relations. Current areas of research include: the regulation of transnational labour standards; the enforcement of employment standards legislation in Canada; and the intersections between labour organizing and populist movements in Anglo-American contexts.

Eric Tucker has been teaching at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1981 and served as Graduate Program Director from 1998 to 2001. He has published extensively in the fields of occupational health and safety regulation and labour law. Professor Tucker has been involved in law reform initiatives through his participation on the board of Injured Workers’ Consultants, a community legal clinic, and as a member of the steering committee of the Bancroft Institute, a grassroots organization that aims to promote research responsive to workers’ needs. He has co-authored a study of the legal definition of employment for the Law Commission of Canda and a study of reproductive hazards in the workplace for the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies. His published work includes Self-Employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy and Unions (with Cynthia Cranford, Judy Fudge, and Leah Vosko) (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005); Labour Before the Law: Workers’ Collective Action and the Canadian State, 1900-1948 (with Judy Fudge) (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2001); and Administering Danger in the Workplace: The Law and Politics of Occupational Health and Safety Regulation in Ontario, 1850-1914 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990). He also edited Working Disasters: The Politics of Recognition and Response (New York: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., 2006).

Leah Vosko is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Feminist Political Economy at York University. Professor Vosko is the author of Temporary Work: The Gendered Rise of a Precarious Employment Relationship (University of Toronto Press, 2000) and co-author of Self-Employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy and Unions (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005 with Cranford, Fudge, and Tucker). She is co-editor of Changing Canada: Political Economy as Transformation (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003 with Clement), Challenging the Market: The Struggle to Regulate Work and Income (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004 with Stanford), and Gender and the Contours of Precarious Employment (Routledge, 2009, with MacDonald and Campbell) as well as editor of Precarious Employment: Understanding Labour Market Insecurity in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006). Her writings have also appeared in venues such as Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, Industrial Relations/ Relations Industrielles, Social Indicators Research, the Cambridge Journal of Regional Economics and Economic and Industrial Democracy.

Professor Vosko’s latest book, Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment (2010) is published with Oxford University Press, UK. Since 2001, she has overseen collaborative Gender and Work Database-Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database project (GWD-CPD) involving co-investigators from across Europe and North America as well as Australia (

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