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Must My Employer Pay Me When I Miss Work to Observe a Religious Holiday?

This is an issue we discuss in my employment law course.  In Canada, we have a number of ‘statutory’ holidays, many of which are based historically on Christian holy days…

CAW Rally Today for Improved Severance Pay Protections

 I have noted before that employees usually get screwed out of their severance pay when their employer goes bankrupt, because employees are ranked lower down the pecking order of creditors…

Why Do North American Workers Get So Little Paid Time Off?

Here in Ontario, some of us are experiencing the new statutory holiday today brought to you by the Liberal party, who thought voters could use a day off in the…

The Turban and the Hard Hat Again

The Turban and the Hard Hat Again

      Law students likely recall Bhinder v. CNR, a Supreme Court case from 1985 in which the Court ruled that a rule requiring a Sikh to wear a hardhat (and therefore…

Hooters’ Discrimination?

Hooters’ Discrimination?

  Here’s an issue we discuss in my employment law class.   Can Hooters refuse to hire male servers?  They do of course.  Well now a man in Texas has had…

Wrongful Dismissal Damages: McNevan v. AmeriCredit

The Ontario Court of Appeal issued an interesting decision a few weeks ago dealing with damages in wrongful dismissal cases.  In McNevan v. Americredit, the employee had been fired suddenly,…

Can an employer discriminate against me because I’m “ugly”?

When I teach employment discrimination law, my undergrads are often surprised to learn about all of the grounds on which an employer is permitted to discriminate in hiring or in other…

Dumb Waiter: Thieves Tracked by Facebook Dismissed

Thanks to a student of mine for sending me this story about a group of people who had an expensive dinner at a restaurant in Melbourne, and then bolted without…

Amazing Happenings in Ottawa!

Have you been following the goings on in Ottawa the past week?  Amazing, gripping stuff.   A sitting Prime Minister and government could be brought down by an opposition coalition.…

It’s the Unions, Stupid! …

I read the National Post today while riding my exercise bike through my virtual Wii world.  It made me laugh out loud (the Post, not the Wii world, which is…