The lawsuit filed last week by the junior hockey players against the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) has been classified by Toronto employment lawyer, Daniel Lublin, as ‘genius’. After all, it is the first case where junior hockey players have filed a lawsuit. The players are seeking up to $180 million in wages and other compensation from the CHL.
Mr. Lublin explains the definition of an employee as being someone who works for wages. This particular relationship fits the category and as such, holds the responsibility of, at least paying the players the minimum wage and overtime. The junior hockey players claim in their lawsuit to have up to 65 hours of work per week. Accordingly, an employee who works 40 or 44 hours of work each week should be paid according to the law.