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December 9, 2019

Dear Littler: Can We Still Maintain Hairstyle and Personal Grooming Policies?

Our handbook restricts employees on the sales floor from wearing facial piercings, visible tattoos, long beards and dreadlocks. We’ve heard that new laws prohibit “hairstyle discrimination” and restrict dress codes. Can we still maintain our look?

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December 4, 2019

Littler Lightbulb: Highlighting Recent Developments in the Asia Pacific Region

Littler’s International Employment Law Practice Group includes experienced practitioners who help employers solve local and multinational legal issues across borders. Here, we shine a light on burgeoning legal developments in several Asia Pacific nations.

Insight
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December 4, 2019

ONTARIO, CANADA: Not Discrimination to Provide Part-time Benefits to Employee Permanently Accommodated with Part-time Work Due to a Disability

The Ontario Divisional court recently held that an employer is not discriminating against an accommodated employee who can only work part-time because of a disability when it fails to provide the employee the benefits that a full-time employee receives.

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December 4, 2019

Philadelphia Fair Workweek Ordinance’s Effective Date Delayed Until April 1, 2020

On Friday, November 29, 2019, the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Labor postponed the effective date of the Philadelphia Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance from January 1, 2020 to April 1, 2020.

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December 2, 2019

CANADA: How Can Employers Mitigate Liability for Incidents Related to Alcohol or Cannabis Consumption at Holiday Parties?

In Canada, employers that host holiday parties for their employees could expose themselves to significant common law liability for the actions of an employee or guest who is under the influence of alcohol or cannabis.

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November 25, 2019

Canada: How Can Employers Prepare for Edible Cannabis’ Impending Arrival to Physical and On-Line Cannabis Stores?

When Canada’s Cannabis Act and supporting regulations came into force on October 17, 2018, Canada became the first major world economy to establish a legal framework at the federal level for the adult recreational use of cannabis.

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November 22, 2019

Illinois Legislature Amends Marijuana Law, Bringing Clarity, Relief to Employers with Workplace Drug-Testing Programs

The Illinois legislature has passed amendments to the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act that may ease employer concerns about maintaining and enforcing drug-free workplace programs prohibiting marijuana use.

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November 18, 2019

Ye Olde Holiday Crossword — With Clues for Solving the Office Party Puzzle

As the end of the year approaches, many employers are preparing for the annual office holiday party. This crossword puzzle reviews some of the issues surrounding this festive holiday tradition.

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November 18, 2019

Ontario, Canada: Without-Cause Termination Provision Upheld

A Canadian employee's attempt to invalidate an employment contract failed, even though one provision in the contract, the just-cause termination provision, was invalid.

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November 15, 2019

Ontario, Canada: Human Rights Tribunal Awards $120,000 Award for Discrimination in Hiring Process

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently rendered its decision on remedy in a case in which it found the employer’s practice of requiring job applications to be permanently eligible to work in Canada as discriminatory.

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