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Geoff Mason discusses “climate change and working conditions” on The Jas Johal Show

980CKNW The Jas Johal Show

Geoff Mason is a guest on 980CKNW’s The Jas Johal Show discussing how climate change is impacting the workplace and whether employers are legally contracted to provide their employees with suitable working conditions in response to extreme weather events: As...

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Alberta Court finds in favour of employer after employee refused to comply with mask policy

In Benke v Loblaw Companies Limited, 2022 ABQB 461, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta weighed in on the effect of an employee’s unpaid suspension, as a result of his failure to follow a COVID-19 masking policy, on the...

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Reasonable notice period capped at 24 months absent special circumstances

In a recent ruling the Supreme Court of British Columbia has reaffirmed that notice periods for wrongful dismissal in BC are capped at an upper limit of 24 months, absent special circumstances. In Okano v Cathay Pacific Airway Limited, 2022...

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Ontario Court of Appeal overturns decision upholding just cause termination provision

Last year, we reported on the Ontario Superior Court’s decision in Rahman v. Cannon Design Architecture Inc. (the “Rahman decision”), in which the Court upheld a contractual termination provision on the basis of the relative equality of bargaining power between...

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BC introduces single-step union certification

Bill 10, titled the Labour Relations Code Amendment Act, 2022, received Royal Assent on June 2, 2022. The Bill was sponsored by The Honourable Harry Bains, the Minister of Labour, and introduces a number of changes to the Labour Relations...

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Dealing with employees’ off-duty conduct

Employers are increasingly faced with public pressure to discipline employees who engage in offensive conduct or who post offensive content online while off-duty. Employers must balance this public pressure with their duties and obligations to their employees. Determining what to...

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Major overhaul of Québec’s French language law

On May 24, 2022, the National Assembly of Québec adopted Bill 96, called “An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec“. Bill 96 received assent on June 1, 2022. Bill 96 amends the Charter of the French...

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Bruno Caron signale le risque que pose l’impact des changements climatiques dans le secteur financier de la gestion d’actifs pour les gestionnaires de caisses de retraite

La Presse, «Les caisses de retraite défiées par les attentes en investissement durable»

Le défi d’intégrer les principes d’investissement responsable et des critères ESG (environnement, société, gouvernance) est complexe pour les administrateurs de régimes de retraite. Les gestionnaires de caisses de retraite qui tardent à intégrer des critères d’investissement durable courent le risque...

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COVID-19 vaccination policies: Early employer successes in round two

A number of arbitration awards dealing with COVID-19 vaccination policies were released in late 2021 and early 2022.  While most of these policies were upheld, it remained to be seen how COVID-19 vaccination policies would be viewed once governments started...

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Bill 88—Working for Workers Act, Part 2 passes third reading

On April 7, 2022, Ontario’s Bill 88 (the “Bill”) passed third reading in the Legislature and is anticipated to receive Royal Assent in the coming days. As summarized in our previous communique published when the Bill was first introduced, the...

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2022 Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Award winner

We are proud to be recognized by Canadian HR Reporter as one of the top ‘Employment & Labour Law – Full Service Firms’ in Canada.

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