Have you ever been in a shop playing edgy modern music and been offended by the lyrics? One woman recently took her complaint to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal only to be told she had no case. In Redmond … Continue Reading
As students return to school this fall and legislators return from a summer of community barbeques, small business owners have to face increased labour costs. Statutory minimum wage increases are set to occur on October 1, 2018 in Alberta, Saskatchewan … Continue Reading
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld the termination pay clause of an employment contract in Amberber v. IBM Canada Ltd. 2018 ONCA 571 by using a refreshing and common sense approach in overturning the trial judge’s findings.
The … Continue Reading
The legalization of recreational (i.e., non-medical) marijuana in Canada finally has some clarity—and a date. Effective October 17, 2018, the possession and use of recreational marijuana will be legal across Canada.
To prepare for the legalization of recreational marijuana, Canadian … Continue Reading
In an Employment Standards appeal decision issued June 13, 2018[i], Provincial Court of Alberta Judge D. Higa, acting in his role as an Employment Standards Umpire, confirmed that where a bonus is not purely formulaic, and includes any … Continue Reading
On May 18, 2018, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) released an interim decision in Talos v. Grand Erie District School Board, 2018 HRTO 680, finding that the termination of an employee’s health, dental and life … Continue Reading
The Ontario provincial election will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Aside from the election results themselves, the most pressing question triggered by this event for many employers is: are my employees entitled to paid time off to vote?… Continue Reading
Bill 30, which passed Third Reading on December 12, 2017, brings significant changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”). Many of the amendments to the OHSA under Bill 30 are effective June 1, 2018. Key among these … Continue Reading
On May 10, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed judgments of the Superior Court of Quebec and the Court of Appeal of Quebec declaring Sections 76.3, 76.5 and 103.1 para. 2 of the Quebec Pay Equity Act (the “PEA”) … Continue Reading
On May 17, 2018, the Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 6) came into force increasing maternity, paternity, and compassionate care leave and establishing two new job-protected leaves: crime-related child disappearance leave and child death leave.
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
Several amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, including the amendments to the parental leave provisions, have already come into force since Bill 148 received Royal Assent on Monday, November 27, 2017. Many more will come into force on … Continue Reading
The new year is fast approaching, bringing with it colder weather, holiday party invites and… a filing obligation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
If you are a business or non-profit organization with 20 or more … Continue Reading
As part of the sweeping changes to Alberta’s occupational health and safety legislation announced by the Alberta Government on November 27, 2017, when it tabled Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, protection from … Continue Reading
Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 received Royal Assent on Monday, November 27, 2017 triggering the coming into force of select Bill 148 amendments.
The amendment targeting independent contractor relationships (“No treating as if not employee”, to … Continue Reading