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Workplace pensions are a vital part of Canadas retirement income system but these plans have reached a state of crisis as a result of their low cov- erage and inadequate insecure and unequally dis- tributed benets. Reviewing pension plans through a legal and historical lens Empty Promises reveals the paradoxical effects and inevitable failure of a pension system built on the interests of employers rather than employees. Elizabeth Shilton examines the evolution of pension law in Canada from the 1870s to the early twenty-rst century highlighting the foresee- ably futile struggle of legislators to create and sustain employees pension rights without under- mining employers incentives. The current system gives employers considerable discretion and con- trol in pension design and administration. Shilton appeals for a model that is not hostage to business interests. She recommends replacing todays employer-controlled systems with pensions shaped by the public interest expanding mandatory broad-based or state-pension systems such as the Canada Pension Plan to generate pensions that respond to the changing workplace and address the needs and interests of retirees. Engaging with the long-running debate on whether Canadians should look to government or to the private sector for retirement income secu- rity Empty Promises is a crucial work concerned with the future of the Canadian retirement system. Elizabeth J. Shilton is senior fellow and adjunct professor in the Centre for Law in the Contempo- rary Workplace at Queens University. Empty Promises is a very accessible work the writing is clear and elegant. Elizabeth Shilton has done an impressive job of making complex legal concepts rules and cases easy to understand. Retirement security and pension coverage are high on the public policy agenda and this book will be of interest to readers concerned about these issues. Freya Kodar University of Victoria 6 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 L A W P U B L I C P O L I C Y Empty Promises Why Workplace Pension Law Doesnt Deliver Pensions elizabeth j. shilton Why a voluntary employer-based pension system does not deliver adequate and secure retirement income for most Canadians. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S September 2016 978-0-7735-4787-2 34.95T CDN 34.95S US 26.99 cloth 6 x 9 304pp Ebook available