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Alberta bans mandatory high heels in the workplace

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Effective January 1, 2019, employers in Alberta can no longer require workers to wear footwear that may pose a health or safety risk to workers. This change was made by way of an amendment to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Code. While the legislation does not specifically mention high heels, the amendment effectively means the end of mandatory high heel policies sometimes seen in the hospitality industry and follows similar legislative changes in other provinces such as Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba. The amendment can be found here (page 956).