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What if a Male Employee Refuses to Work with Female Coworkers Due to His Religion?

What if a Male Employee Refuses to Work with Female Coworkers Due to His Religion?

There’s a big brouhaha in the media this week about a professor at York University who refused a student’s request for religious accommodation in the performance of a group assignment…

Some Comments on the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act (Ontario)

Some Comments on the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act (Ontario)

The Ontario Liberals introduced a Bill yesterday targeting ‘vulnerable workers’.  It’s Bill 146, given the short title, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2013.  There was considerable media…

A Three Step Solution for Tackling the Problem of Unpaid Internships in Ontario

A Three Step Solution for Tackling the Problem of Unpaid Internships in Ontario

Rumor around town is that the Liberals  in Ontario have plans to introduce legislation this week that addresses the ongoing controversy surrounding unpaid interns.  The Minister has said repeatedly that,…

Can You Answer These Human Rights Law Questions?

Can You Answer These Human Rights Law Questions?

We’re in the home stretch of my Employment Law course at York and we are looking at the Human Rights Code and how it applies to the employment setting.  To…

Smith v. Network Technical Services: Dismissal for Employee’s Refusal to Work Sundays Violates Human Rights Code.

Smith v. Network Technical Services: Dismissal for Employee’s Refusal to Work Sundays Violates Human Rights Code.

We’re studying the Human Rights Code in my Employment Law course right now, so here is a straight up ‘simple’ case.  An employee refuses to work Sundays because it conflicts…

On Rob Ford and the [Employment] Benefits of Being an Addict

On Rob Ford and the [Employment] Benefits of Being an Addict

Like most sensible people, I’m saddened by the fact that the Mayor of my great city supports the crack dealing industry, admits to committing criminal offences, lies incessantly, takes time…

Panel on Unpaid Internships at York (Thurs. Oct. 3)

Panel on Unpaid Internships at York (Thurs. Oct. 3)

From Professor Stephanie Ross of York’s Work and Labour Studies Program at York, come this notice of an interesting panel discussion tomorrow at York University: The annual Global Labour Speaker…

We Compared Student Views on Minimum Wage, Unions, Income Inequality at York & Cornell

We Compared Student Views on Minimum Wage, Unions, Income Inequality at York & Cornell

How do undergraduate business students in Canada and the United States feel about employment regulation, unions and collective bargaining, and income inequality?  Do they see the world of work law…

Labour Law & Human Rights at Work Conference at Western (October 25)

Labour Law & Human Rights at Work Conference at Western (October 25)

Professor Michael Lynk of Western Law sends along notice of the regular Heenan Blaikie labour law conference and Koskie Minksy Lecture, taking place at Western on Friday October 25 and…

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…