Unions share in duty to accommodate religion

Demands for time off work proving more difficult than demands involving apparel
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

A Montreal security officer is asking his employer and his to union to guarantee Sundays off to allow him to practice Catholicism. But Sylvain Turcotte’s union says the request can’t be met because it would mean other union members with more seniority would have to take his place.

An Ottawa lawyer says religious accommodation is an issue employers and unions will increasingly have to deal with as the business world extends its hours around the clock.

George Vuicic with the firm Hicks Morley in Ottawa says he has already seen “a tonne” of cases involving religious requests coming before the courts.