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Canadian jurisprudence: The author presents the the legal foundation for freedom of religion in Canada, and the evolving duty to accommodate religious beliefs and practices in the workplace. Accommodating a multitude of individually held beliefs has been tempered by the courts, tribunals, and arbitrators.

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Although changing life styles have given rise to new disciplinary issues, those issues are generally adequately resolved by application of already established arbitration standards and principles. Novel questions that arise include whether employers may be obligated to lend assistance to employees’ rehabilitation efforts and to what extent arbitrators should indulge an employer’s liberal construction of …

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