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Reservist Leave: A Primer

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Written by: Tyler Wentzell Earlier this year, more than 1,200 soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces were deployed to support rescue operations during the Calgary floods. Though the majority came from the Regular Forces, Canada’s full-time military, almost a quarter of them were Reservists, members of Canada’s part-time military. These soldiers were volunteers who temporarily left…

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Can you be fired for being too good-looking?

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Like me, you may live in fear of being discriminated against for being, in the words of Derek Zoolander, “really, really ridiculously good-looking”.  It turns out that my fears may be justified—at least in Iowa. You may recall the case involving Melissa Nelson from media reports last December.  She was  terminated without cause by her…

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Is Requiring Canadian Work Experience Discriminatory?

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It’s a well-documented fact that recent immigrants face high rates of both underemployment and unemployment.  Statistics Canada reported that between 1991 and 2006, the proportion of immigrants with a university degree in jobs with low educational requirements has increased, and that the requirement for Canadian experience is the most common barrier faced by newcomers looking…

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Ontario Court of Appeal Clarifies Test for Discrimination Under the Human Rights Code

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In Peel Law Association v. Pieters, the Ontario Court of Appeal affirmed that the test for finding prima facie discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code does not require that the discrimination was intentional.  The Court set aside a decision of the Divisional Court and reinstated a decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, which…

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