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If more of us were free to work from home, fewer of us would be stuck in traffic. Daria Chichkareva, fkigali/Shutterstock

Flexible working, the neglected congestion-busting solution for our cities

Two-thirds of surveyed workers work from home one day a week on average, but could do at least half their work out of the workplace. If they commuted less often, congestion could be greatly reduced.
Jeremy Lee, a sawmill worker in Imbil, Queensland, refused to have his fingerprints scanned for a new security system introduced by his employer to replace swipe cards. www.shutterstock.com

As privacy is lost a fingerprint at a time, a biometric rebel asserts our rights

Biometric data is forever. Any employer seeking to collect it has big obligations to meet. And employees have the right to object.
Young people working in the hospitality industry – covering restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs – are particularly prone to exploitative practices, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman. Shutterstock

Welcome to your first job: expect to be underpaid, bullied, harassed or exploited in some way

Three-quarters of teenagers in our survey experienced exploitation, bullying, harassment or some other form of abuse in their first job.
Like any employer, the Québec government has an obligation of reasonable accommodation when it comes to its employees. Shutterstock

Notwithstanding clause or not, Québec must accommodate its employees

As an employer, how will the Québec government's duty to reasonably accommodate the needs of its employees conflict with its plan to ban religious symbols among some civil servants?
Recent discussions about sexual harassment are both too much about sex and not enough. Shutterstock

Sexual harassment is too much – and not enough – about sex

#MeToo drew attention to sexual harassment in the workplace. But we are still overlooking other forms of discrimination and the insidious impact of sexual harassment on women's identities.
When an employee is dismissed after making a complaint, it’s relatively easy for the employer to hide the true reason for dismissal. www.shutterstock.com

What happens when employees are fired for complaining at work

The way victimisation cases are interpreted by the courts often leaves employees defenceless and gives employers excessive managerial powers.
You might be surprised to find what your data says about your past – and future – health. Scanrail1/Shutterstock.com

Our laws don’t do enough to protect our health data

What can be done to prevent employers from rejecting individuals based on concern about future illnesses? Currently, nothing.
Neil Gorsuch signs the constitutional oath after Chief Justice Roberts administered it in a private ceremony on April 10. Franz Jantzen/Public Information Office Supreme Court of the U.S. via AP

What Gorsuch’s conservative Supreme Court means for workers

With Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the high court, conservatives regain their 5-4 majority, which will likely benefit employers over workers.

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