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Political Strikes

Thanks to our friends at the American Workplace Prof Blog for this story about an interesting strike in West Virginia.  Apparently, the unionized workers all stayed home for a day…

Accommodation and the Case of Beard

Thanks to York employment law student Manav Karwal for pointing out an interesting human rights case from Alberta.   The employee is a Sikh.  When his employer, Syncrude Canada, ordered him to shave…

Starbucks and Discriminatory Application Form

While waiting for my coffee the other day, I scooped up a job application form sitting on the counter at Starbucks.  Apparently, they are hiring “baristas’.  The application form says,…

Student Blog: Harassment and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

In this first “Student Blog”, York student Shanthi Bala set out to solve a mystery we discussed in our Employment Law course.  We noted that, while “sexual orientation” is a…

Should Salaries & Wages Be Publicly Disclosed?

When I was a graduate student studying labour market economics, I could never understand why economists were so devoted to models that were based on assumptions about the world that…

TTC Drug Testing: Update

So the TTC has announced its intention to introduce drug-testing for employees, but it backed off significantly from its earlier threat to use random drug testing, a process that raises…

Do Markets or Laws Work Best in Eliminating Employment Discrimination?

My students will recognize this question, because it is a theme we deal with regularly in my courses.  If employers select workers not on the basis of their productivity, but…

The 4 day work week?

A story in the Star recently examined how some Canadian companies have taken a liking to the concept of cramming 40 hours into 4, 10 hour work days, rather than…

Can a non-union Employer suspend an employee without pay?

Can a non-union Employer suspend an employee without pay?

I teach a graduate course on labour law to human resource professionals.  When I mention to them that a suspension without pay in a non-union workplace is likely to amount…

The New Ontario Human Rights Model

On June 30th, the new human rights model came into effect in Ontario, pursuant to the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006. I intended to write a summary of the…