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Must a Job Applicant Disclose Their Religion During the Recruitment Process?

Must a Job Applicant Disclose Their Religion During the Recruitment  Process?

A job application form asks for the applicant’s religion.  Unlawful? What if the application doesn’t ask directly about religion, but it demands information that will require the applicant to disclose…

Arbitrator Burkett: Restricting Arbitrator Discretion Would Violate Charter

Arbitrator Burkett: Restricting Arbitrator Discretion Would Violate Charter

Politicians contemplating how to prevent interest arbitrators from granting raises to essential public sector workers will be interested in a decision issued this week involving Toronto’s firefighters by one of…

Guest Blog: Dias-Abey on Reforms to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Guest Blog: Dias-Abey on Reforms to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

The Federal government’s mishandling of the controversial Temporary Foreign Workers Program attracted a firestorm of criticism in recent months.   Information emerged showing how Canadian employers had been exploiting the…

Unpaid Intern Scams Continue to Flourish in Ontario. What Can be Done?

Unpaid Intern Scams Continue to Flourish in Ontario. What Can be Done?

Almost every ‘unpaid internship’ that is not affiliated with an educational institution is unlawful in Ontario. That simple statement seems to baffle a lot of HRM folks and companies who…

The Two Sides of the Minimum Wage Debate: Friedman v. Kennedy

The Two Sides of the Minimum Wage Debate: Friedman v. Kennedy

When the last Ontario Budget came down, and included a continued freeze of the base minimum wage at $10.25 per hour.  This has angered poverty activists, and no doubt pleased…

Saskatchewan’s Bill 85: When Ideology Trumps Good Sense?

Saskatchewan’s Bill 85: When Ideology Trumps Good Sense?

Saskatchewan has a big problem.  It’s not unemployment. It’s the opposite.  The province must attract some 60,000 new workers to the prairie province in the next 5-7 years to meet…

The Conservative Temporary Foreign Labour Program Fiasco

The Conservative Temporary Foreign Labour Program Fiasco

This story just gets weirder, and more troubling every day. Check out this list of employers the Conservative government approved to permit Canadian employers to bring in foreign workers.  Link…

Are Ontario Laws on Union Dues and Membership ‘Undemocratic’?

Are Ontario Laws on Union Dues and Membership ‘Undemocratic’?

Originally published April 3, 2013 The Ontario Conservative Party has promised, if elected, to do away with what they keep calling “forced unionism”. We don’t know the details of the…

Discriminating Employer Pays a Decade Later: Reinstated, Decade of Back Wages Ordered

Discriminating Employer Pays a Decade Later: Reinstated, Decade of Back Wages Ordered

Last winter, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal issued a decision finding that an employer School Board had violated the Code by failing to accommodate an employee with a disability.  The…

My Exchange With Senator Eaton On Bill C-377 (The Union Transparency Tax Bill)

My Exchange With Senator Eaton On Bill C-377 (The Union Transparency Tax Bill)

This week, I received the following note from Conservative Senator, Nicole Eaton relating to Bill C-377, a private members’ bill being pushed by the Conservatives which would force unions to compile and…