Montreal dispute back on as MEA and dockers go head to head

A labour dispute that has been simmering since the end of 2018 is bursting into the open again following a nearly eight-month hiatus with the Maritime Employers’ Association (MEA) and dockers both drawing the battle lines.

Montreal-based publication, the Maritime Mag reported that MEA had suspended the guaranteed income and job security provision, in the existing contract after the port “suffered a substantial 11% volume drop in March, caused by the uncertainty and anxiety triggered by the...

Lawsuit seeks to preserve employment freedom for independent workers

As was expected, the Biden administration formally killed a Trump-era rule on the definition of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. On March 11, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor announced it was withdrawing the rule, which was initially passed in the last few months of the Trump administration. While the new administration offered no immediate replacement for the rule, legislation passed in the U.S. House on March 9 offered a glimpse as to...

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