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Then Now Next: Ontario Government Introduces Pay Transparency Legislation

March 27, 2018 | Inna Koldorf

Only weeks after the new amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) and their focus on precarious employment  came into effect, the Ontario government introduced a new bill aimed at increasing pay transparency. Bill 203, the Pay Transparency  Act,...


Cannabis in the Workplace: What to Expect and What not to Expect from WorkSafeBC

March 12, 2018 | Eric Ito

The impact of drug and alcohol impairment on workplace safety is obvious and frequently tragic. With the wave of legislative change governing non-medical cannabis use taking place this year, can employers in BC also expect occupational health and safety (OHS)...


Welcome News from the Ontario Court of Appeal: Nemeth v. Hatch Ltd.

February 28, 2018 | Lisa Goodfellow

In a refreshing and sensible decision released in January, the Ontario Court of Appeal found the express termination clause in a contract of employment to be enforceable and to restrict the plaintiff’s entitlement to notice. The clause in question provided:...


Legalization of Marijuana: Managing this New Workplace Reality

February 12, 2018 | Daphnée Beauchamp, Claudia Desjardins Belisle

With the expected coming into force this summer 2018 of Bill C-45, which intends to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, many employers have expressed concerns about its impact on workplace accidents, absenteeism and performance especially in organizations where workplace...


Ontario Government Proposing to Increase OHSA Fines

December 19, 2017 | Greg Bush

On November 14, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 177, namely, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017. If passed, Bill 177 would amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) to significantly increase the maximum fines for...


Construction Industry in Ontario: What Employers Need to Know About Unionization

December 14, 2017 | Damien Buntsma

Union certification is the process by which a union gains the right to represent employees of an employer in relation to the terms and conditions of employment, more commonly referred to as unionization. In the construction industry in Ontario, a...


Reminder to Ontario Employers: Mandatory AODA Compliance Reports Due December 31, 2017

December 6, 2017 | Zeinab Yousif

The deadline to file the 2017 Accessibility Compliance Report is fast approaching. Under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”), businesses and non-profits with 20 or more employees as well as designated public sector organizations must file a...


Temporary Foreign Workers: Navigating the Legal Landscape

April 17, 2017 | Paul E. Brace, Victoria de Luna

For employers looking to fulfill their personnel needs, foreign workers can be a valuable resource. However, navigating the requirements associated with hiring and managing foreign workers can be difficult. This article provides a brief overview of key immigration issues that...


New Requirements for Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees, Representatives Now in Effect in BC

April 11, 2017 | Eric Ito

On April 3, 2017, amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the “Regulation”) came into effect. Employers in British Columbia with a workplace of 10 or more workers are advised to take notice of these changes since they introduce...


Alberta Employers! The Ministry of Labour Needs Your Input

April 3, 2017 | Jill W. Wilkie

Alberta’s Ministry of Labour has commenced a review of the Province’s workplace legislation, the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code, and is currently seeking input from Albertans.  The April 18, 2017 deadline to provide feedback is fast approaching....


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