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Marriage as a Condition of Employment?

This story describes an employer in Iran that has made marriage a condition of continued employment.   The employer, a state-owned company, described the obligation as a ‘moral and religious duty’. …

What if your Employer Doesn’t Like Your Appearance?

What do you think of the restaurant owner who laid-off a server because she showed up for work bald?   She was bald because she had sold her hair as…

The Duty to Accommodate

Thanks to Human Rights in the Workplace Blog for providing this very useful summary of an employer’s obligations to accommodate worker disabilities under Canadian law.  The leading Supreme Court of…

Tim Horton’s & the Case of the Toonie Theft

Tim Horton’s was in the news again recently, this time in relation to a 1999 dismissal of an employee it alleged had stolen a “toonie” and some other loose change…

The Maze of Ontario Holiday Pay

So, Sears plans to open this Victoria Day, trying to get around the requirement to close in the Retail Business Holidays Act by claiming it is an “invite” only event.  …

Religious Accommodation and the Case of the Skirt Hem

You may have seen this story a while back about a woman who was suspended from her job at the Toronto Pearson Airport because she refused to wear a skirt…

Why can’t recent immigrants get jobs?

This story describes a new study by Statistics Canada that found an unemployment rate in 2007 of nearly 12 percent in the Greater Toronto Area for new immigrants (less then 5 years in…

Trust and Confidence at the Workplace

My colleague at York, Professor Sabrina Deutsch-Salamon, recently published an article based on her research that found employees who feel their employers trust them are better performers.  This is interesting…

Happy Mothers’ Day

A study by Salary.com pegs the value of work performed by stay at home moms (and dads, I would presume, though dads weren’t included in the study) at around US $…

The Severance Pay “Loophole” Issue

Howard Hampton, leader of the Ontario N.D.P. party introduced a private members bill today that would amend the Employment Standards Act to broaden the scope of employers required to pay…