André R. Nowakowski

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Significant Amendments to Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act, 1997 Receive Royal Assent with Ontario Budget

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Ontario’s Bill 100, An Act to implement Budget measures and to enact, amend and repeal various statutes (“Budget Bill”), passed 3rd Reading and received Royal Assent.  Schedule 53 of the Budget Bill contained various significant...

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An Eye on the Taxpayer, Part VI: Public Purse Challenges Persist

The challenge of public finance and fiscal restraint continues to persist across Canada.  Depending on who you ask, some governments are exhibiting more restraint than others.  Regardless of who you ask, the challenges are real and present, including on the...

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Termination Clauses and Continuation of Benefits: A Warning and Reminder for Employers in Ontario

Employers often seek to limit their termination liability with termination clauses. If a termination clause does not meet the minimum requirements of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), then the termination clause will not be valid and an employee will...

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Key Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Other Employment Statutes

Bill 18, the Stronger Workplace for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, which received royal assent on November 20, 2014, introduced significant changes to key provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). Bill 18 also introduced amendments to other employment...

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An Eye on the Taxpayer, Part V: A Long, Cold Winter

The challenge of public finances and fiscal restraint has not gone away since the last check in on this blog in August.  A new, rapidly developing twist is, of course, the rapid decline in the price of oil.  Naturally, this...

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A Review of Ontario Legislation that Expands Employer Accountability – Bill 18, Stronger Workplace for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, Has Received Royal Assent

Bill 18, the Stronger Workplace for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, which received royal assent on November 20, 2014, introduced significant change to key provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The changes will have a significant impact on...

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Broader Public Sector Accountability Bill Receives Royal Assent

Bill 8, the Public Sector Accountability and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 passed third reading on December 9, 2014 and received Royal Assent on December 11, 2014. As reported in our previous Health Communiqués, Public Consultation Scheduled for Broader...

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The Executive Compensation Act and Ombudsman Act are Coming to Education

On March 10, 2014 we reported on the Government of Ontario’s intention to introduce legislation to strengthen the accountability and increase the transparency of the Broader Public Sector (“BPS”). In July the Ontario government did, indeed, introduce Bill 8, entitled...

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Bill 8 Proposes to Limit Executive Compensation for Certain Broader Public Sector Organizations

In July of this year, the Ontario government introduced Bill 8, which proposes (among other things) new legislation entitled the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014 (the “Executive Compensation Act”). If passed, this legislation will impose limits on executive...

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Public Consultation Scheduled for Broader Public Sector Accountability Bill

In Broader Public Sector Accountability Bill Re-introduced, we provided an overview of Bill 8, the proposed Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014.  If passed, this legislation will put into place a wide range of measures aimed at...

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He moots, he scores in hockey arbitration

The Lawyers Weekly

André Nowakowski is quoted in an article by Kim Arnott.

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Ontario Legislation Expanding Employer Accountability Re-Introduced

On October 29, 2014, Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, passed Second Reading in the Ontario legislature and was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government. Bill 118, if passed, would make several changes to...

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An Eye on the Taxpayer, Part IV: End of Summer Thoughts

When we had our last check in for this instalment in February of this year, we had reviewed cost-containment and fiscal restraint facing a few different governments.  As we are all aware, this is a problem not going away any...

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Ontario Legislation Expanding Employer Accountability Re-introduced: Bill 18

On July 16, 2014, the Government of Ontario re-introduced legislation to amend various employment-related statutes:  Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 (formerly Bill 146 – the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2013).  The clear...

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Broader Public Sector Accountability Bill Re-introduced

On March 24, 2014, we introduced readers to Bill 179, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014, for first reading by lawmakers. The stated goals of the legislation are to strengthen political accountability, enhance oversight, and increase transparency in...

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Ontario Proposes Sweeping Changes for Broader Public Sector Accountability

On March 24, 2014, the Ontario Legislature introduced Bill 179, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 for first reading by lawmakers. The stated goals of the legislation are to strengthen political accountability, enhance oversight, and increase...

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Broader Public Sector Accountability Measures En Route

The Government of Ontario announced on March 6, 2014 that it will be introducing legislation to strengthen accountability and increasing transparency.  Some of these measures had previously been raised by the Government in the late fall of 2013.  Although the...

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Broader Public Sector Accountability Measures En Route

Miller Thomson Canadian Labour and Employment Blog

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Broader Public Sector Accountability Measures En Route

The Government of Ontario announced on March 6, 2014 that it will introduce legislation to strengthen accountability and increase transparency.  Some of these measures were raised by the Government in the late fall of 2013.  Although the legislation has not...

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An Eye on Collective Bargaining and the Taxpayer, Part 3: An Update

Miller Thomson Canadian Labour and Employment Blog

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An Eye on Collective Bargaining and the Taxpayer, Part III: An Update

When we last reviewed fiscal pressures on governments to look for sources of cost-containment and restraint, the pressures were many.  In looking for fiscal relief, some governments were turning to restraining compensation in the broader public sector.  At the provincial...

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Expanding Employer Accountability in Ontario – Bill 146

On December 4, 2013 the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 146 – the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2013 (“Bill 146”). The clear intention of this legislation (should it come into force) is to expand the accountability of...

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Refresher on Bill 55 Amendments to the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010

In light of the Government of Ontario’s intention of imposing a broader compensation freeze in the public sector through the proposed Protecting Public Services Act, 2012 (“PPSA, 2012”) (see our Communiqué dated September 27, 2012), we thought it would be...

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More Freezes Coming in the Public Sector: Province Issues Draft Protecting Public Services Act, 2012

The wage freeze that has swept over part of the broader public sector may now be spreading even further if the provincial government has its way.  The Ontario government yesterday announced plans to introduce legislation that will freeze compensation for...

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An Eye on Collective Bargaining and the Taxpayer, Part 2: Back to School?

Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog

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An Eye on Collective Bargaining and the Taxpayer, Part II: Back to School?

On March 13, 2012, we took a look the various pressures facing government spending and how deficit/debt cutting could impact broader public sector employees. And the taxpayer, of course. As a refresher, some of the public sector “wage” issues that...

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An Eye on Collective Bargaining and the Taxpayer

The last few years of global economic difficulties continue to take their toll in all facets of life.  In Canada, this includes tremendous pressures on government spending at all levels.  In response to the major recession that began in 2008,...

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An Eye on Collective Bargaining and the Taxpayer

Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog

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Do Employees Have Privacy Rights on Their Employers’ Computers?

The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, R. v. Cole, addressed the issue of an employee’s expectation of privacy on an employer’s laptop computer.  At first glance, this decision appears to have far-reaching implications for an employer’s right to monitor...

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Do Employees have Privacy Rights on Your Computer?

The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, R. v. Cole, addressed the issue of an employee’s expectation of privacy on an employer’s laptop computer.  At first glance, this decision appears to have far-reaching implications for an employer’s right to monitor and...

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Turbulent Times: Managing Employee Layoffs, Terminations, and Other Cost Reduction Strategies

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New Laws For « Elect To Work » Employees and Proposed Changes For Temporary Employees

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What If An Employment Standards Officer Came Knocking?

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Legislative Update – The Human Rights Code and The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)

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Disabled Employees in Ontario Entitled to Statutory Notice of Termination and Severance Pay

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Hours of Work and Other ESA Amendments in Force on March 1, 2005

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Hours of Work and Other ESA Amendments Still Not Law

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Excess Hours of Work Will Require Ministry Approval

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Limitation Period Revised for Wrongful Dismissal Claims

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Mandatory Retirement

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Government Efficiency Act

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