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“This change will let employers know that the most critical part of an employee’s footwear is that it is safe,” Clark said in a statement. “I expect employers to recognize this very clear signal that forcing someone to wear high heels at work is unacceptable.” Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray told Metro she has been monitoring the developments in B.C. with interest and is committed to having a similar conversation in this province. (We) recognize high heels in particular can cause health and safety concerns for workers,” Gray said, and added that no woman should face discrimination at work because of her gender. A private members bill introduced by B.C. Green party Leader Andrew Weaver last month would have made it illegal for employers to require women to wear high heels at work, but instead of implementing the bill, the government amended the WCB.  The amended regulation says employers cannot force workers to wear footwear with a design, construction or material that inhibits the worker’s ability to safely perform their job, and employers have to consider slipping, ankle protection, foot support, muscle or bone injuries, and electrical shock when considering mandatory footwear. Gray said her ministry is currently reviewing Alberta’s labour legislation – including the Workers Compensation Act and the Employment Standards Code – and high heels will likely be part of the discussion. “We will be looking at Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) code in the coming months,” Gray said. “I am very interested in hearing what Albertans think about this topic.” The president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, an umbrella organization for unionized workers in Alberta that has roughly 175,000 members, said they will be submitting their recommendations to the government when the OHS code is reviewed. “It shouldn’t be allowed (to mandate high heels be worn at work), simple as that. That’s the position we will be taking formally with the government,” said Gil McGowan.

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