On April 26, 2018, Ontario passed the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (the “Act”). The legislation is part of a larger provincial initiative designed to remove barriers to equality in the workplace, particularly in the context of compensation and hiring practices.… Continue Reading
Effective January 1, 2018, Bill 148 enacted a new manner of calculating public holiday pay under section 24(1)(a) of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”).
After discussions with stakeholders, the Government of Ontario has passed a new regulation (Ontario … Continue Reading
On March 20, 2018, Quebec’s National Assembly introduced Bill 176, proposing modifications to Quebec’s Act Respecting Labour Standards. The Quebec legislature has stated that Bill 176 is principally aimed at improving work/life balance, and reflects a change of thinking … Continue Reading
On April 27, 2018, the Parkland Institute of the University of Alberta and the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre released a joint report on workplace safety in Alberta entitled Safer by Design: How Alberta Can Improve Workplace Safety. The report … Continue Reading
On April 9, 2018, the B.C. government introduced Bill 6, the Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2018, in the B.C. legislature. Bill 6 will amend the B.C. Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”) with respect to maternity leave, parental leave, … Continue Reading
On March 6, 2018, the Hon. Kevin Flynn, Ontario Minister of Labour, introduced legislation entitled Bill 203, Pay Transparency Act, 2018. Bill 203 is part of a government initiative in Ontario to close the wage gap between women and … Continue Reading
Similar to trends in other areas of Canada, the minimum wage in the Northwest Territories will increase from $12.50 per hour to $13.46 per hour effective April 1, 2018. Minimum wage in Nunavut is currently $13.00 per hour.
Minimum wage … Continue Reading
The rapid and significant changes to the legal status of marijuana in Canada raise new questions and challenges for employers across the country. In Ontario, some of these questions were answered when Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety … Continue Reading
In Krishnamoorthy v. Olympus Canada Inc., 2017 ONCA 873, the Ontario Court of Appeal (“ONCA”) overturned the motion for summary judgment and confirmed that the purchaser of a business’ assets (as opposed to a business’ shares) can choose to … Continue Reading
The Supreme Court of Canada has recently released its decision in British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62, on appeal from the British Columbia Court of Appeal. This decision expands the scope of protection under Human … Continue Reading