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HRM CA | 10 Apr 2013, 01:01 AM Agree 0
Could you have to accommodate an employee’s dietary beliefs? Or their trust in tarot cards?
  • Ruben Benmergui | 08 Apr 2013, 12:02 PM Agree 0
    An interesting article and on point in many aspects. However when I read the comment “It’s hard to find a Wiccan who can’t work Sundays.”, it reminded me of the Humber College arbitration in Toronto many years ago where a "Warlock" of the Wiccan faith was denied religious observance leave (He won).

    There is also the case of the 407 Corporation in Toronto which administers the toll highway. In that case a number of employees refused to use the biometric hand-print access system because they would then be subjected, in accordance with the Bible, to the "mark of the beast". They also won their arbitration case.
  • An Expat | 08 Apr 2013, 01:01 PM Agree 0
    There is going to come a time in the not too distant future where private companies will require prospective employees to sign away these silly "Human Rights" in return for well paying jobs living in private compounds.

    The ones that want to fight for their "rights" can work for the government in some dead end job where they will be paid with food stamps - because that will be all the government will have left and live in government ghettos.

    This is getting just silly. Anything can be defined by religion - even someone's right to conceal carry.
  • Janet K. | 09 Apr 2013, 10:08 AM Agree 0
    Actually, Expat, if you read the article it says it's probably not a religion - and in Canada carrying concealed definitely isn't. Yes, there are grey areas but I would much rather live somewhere where people care about each other and ensure rights are protected than on some kind of compound where no one is looked after. I think most people agree, or there would be a mass exodus to a place with fewer requirements for protecting rights.
  • An Expat | 09 Apr 2013, 10:56 AM Agree 0
    Janet - what about of the right of freedom to do what you wish when you wish if it does not interfere with anyone else's same/similar rights?

    As an employer, I should have the right to hire whom I want when I want. Certainly, the employee always has the upper hand in that they can quit of they don't like the job or the way they are treated - correct?

    You sound like a socialist. You are dreaming when you say you "would much rather live somewhere where people care about each other". Do you honestly expect that caring to be efficiently delivered by some government program?

    Charity begins in the home. And most formal charities are just businesses with management expense ratios in the 80% and above. I will gladly give aid to someone in need. However, I rail against the government taking away my work product to give to someone I do not consider worthy - by my standard. And that is my perogative!

    In my many years of experience, this type of article implying such rights as veganism is a religion is a trial balloon. How long before it is entrenched as a right as interpreted by some senile old idiot in the Supreme Court of Canada?
  • Andrew | 19 Nov 2013, 06:58 PM Agree 0
    Good grief Expat, you won't let Janet get away with anything! No, No No. Oh, and that slippery slope... look out, Expat!

    One day vegetarians will be in the majority and then Ho, Ho, Ho, Vegetarians will rule the earth! And, we will ban all consumption of meat, maybe even dairy products if you meat eaters aren't behaving yourselves. Oh, how power hungry we Veggies are, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha. Socialism has nothing on Vegetarianism. Be afraid, be very afraid!

    Basically, this is a non-issue and I think that the grown-ups can sort it out.
  • An Expat | 26 Nov 2013, 08:43 AM Agree 0
    Andrew, the pretext of the article was a discussion on wether personal beliefs such as Veganism should be protected under labour laws.

    My counter was/is that, sure believe what you wish in your own home, just don't expect legislated workplace accommodation to work for you in the long run. Substitute, veganism or any other ism if you like. Result is the same. The employee can quit any time. No need to legislate.

    I had a hipstir quit last winter because he thought he should not be expected to show up for work - "you mean like...every day? That's not fair!" He was unemployed for a year before we gave him a chance and he still is to this day.
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