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Can an Employer Prohibit Tattoos and Piercings?

Can an Employer Prohibit Tattoos and Piercings?

Originally published on January 15, 2013 Ages ago, I took a labour law class with Professor David Beatty at U of Toronto law school.  He had recently decided an arbitration involving…

Honoured to Receive the 2012 Fodden Award for Best Canadian Law Blog

Honoured to Receive the 2012 Fodden Award for Best Canadian Law Blog

I was surprised and honoured to learn my law blogging peers had selected Doorey’s Workplace Law Blog as the 2012 Fodden Award winner as Best Canadian Law Blog in this…

Time to Rethink How We Regulate Long Work Stoppages?

Time to Rethink How We Regulate Long Work Stoppages?

Published on December 7 2012 And on it goes.  Talks between the NHL and NHLPA have yet again broken down.  It’s now looking more and more like another entire season…

A Discussion of Discrimination in Job Ads

A Discussion of Discrimination in Job Ads

I wrote the other day that listing a requirement to speak Mandarin in a job ad for positions at a coal mine would violate Section 23 of the Ontario Human…

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Neoliberal

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Neoliberal

Here’s an interesting subject for industrial relations students.  You might have seen recent stories about how a Chinese/Canadian coal mining consortium was granted permission by the Federal government to bring…

Target Not a Successor to Zellers, B.C. Labour Board Rules

Target Not a Successor to Zellers, B.C. Labour Board Rules

The B.C. Labour Board ruled last week that Target is not a successor to Zellers.  Here is a Vancouver Sun story. This means that Target does not inherit the collective…

On an Employer’s “Duty to Inquire” Into an Employee’s Disability

On an Employer’s “Duty to Inquire” Into an Employee’s Disability

An employer decides to dismiss an argumentative, insubordinate employee.  Afterwards, the employee files a human rights complaint claiming she suffers from a mental disability that influenced her performance and therefore…

Can a Law Firm Force Support Staff to be Finger Scanned?

Can a Law Firm Force Support Staff to be Finger Scanned?

UPDATE:  Here is a CBC Radio report on this story, including an interview with the managing partner who explains how the system works and why they are introducing it. A…

Bill C-377: The Conservatives’ Private Members Bill on Union Transparency

Bill C-377:  The Conservatives’ Private Members Bill on Union Transparency

There’s a Private Members Bill working its way through the legislative machinery in Ottawa filed by a Tory MP that would require unions to prepare and file dozens of forms…

Women’s Situation Not Improving in Law Firms, But I (Still) Have a Plan.

Women’s Situation Not Improving in Law Firms, But I (Still) Have a Plan.

Ok, this post is longer than usual, but if you persist, you are rewarded with a classic Charlie Brown clip! How cool is that? The National Association of Women Lawyers…