September 17, 2021 by Meaghen Russell in COVID-19, General, Ontario
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Deemed IDEL extended to end of 2021: What this means for Ontario employers

Ontario’s deemed infectious disease emergency leave (IDEL) has been further extended, just a week before it was expected to end […]

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May 25, 2018 by Anneli LeGault in English, Human Rights, Ontario
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Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Rules That It Is Discriminatory To Deny Group Benefits To Employees Aged 65 and Older

We have reported before on the case of Wayne Talos and the Grand Erie District School Board. Mr. Talos was a teacher who chose to continue working past the age of 65, but was denied further benefit coverage due to his age.

Following a lengthy hearing, the Human Rights Tribunal ruled

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May 08, 2018 by Pamela Chan Ebejer in Employment Standards, English, Ontario
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ESA Update: Ontario Government to Temporarily Reinstate Pre-Bill 148 Public Holiday Pay Formula Effective July 1, 2018

As you are aware, Bill 148 made substantial changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) that took effect on January 1, 2018.  Among those changes was a new formula for calculating public holiday pay.  This new formula required employers to calculate public holiday pay based on the regular wages

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January 12, 2018 by Andy Pushalik in Employment Standards, English, Ontario
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Posting Alert – Ontario Publishes Updated Version of Employment Standards Poster

In conjunction with its overhaul of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Ontario government has also published an updated version of the Employment Standards Poster. Employers must post the poster in the workplace in an area where it is likely to come to the attention of employees and provide a

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October 23, 2017 by Andy Pushalik in English, Labour, Ontario
  • Comments Off on A Truly Poisoned Work Environment – Arbitrator Upholds Discharge of Employee Who Spiked Office Water Cooler with Bleach

A Truly Poisoned Work Environment – Arbitrator Upholds Discharge of Employee Who Spiked Office Water Cooler with Bleach

In what can only be described as a victory for common sense, an arbitrator recently upheld the discharge of a 27 year employee who was found responsible for spiking the office water cooler with chlorine bleach.

On September 12, 2011, an employee reported to his supervisor that the water from the

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August 08, 2017 by Lisa Hartman in English, Human Rights, Ontario
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Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code amended to include Gender Identity or Expression

On June 19, 2017, the Governor General signed Bill C-16 into law, amending the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. Here’s what you need to know about the changes:

Canadian Human Rights Act

The Canadian Human Rights Act applies to federally-regulated employers and service providers, such as banks, airlines, and

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August 03, 2017 by Heather Di Dio in English, Ontario, Pensions and Benefits
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Monitoring Investment Managers and Investment Fund Performance in Ontario Pension Plans: How Do You Stack Up?

If you’re an employer or administrator of an Ontario-registered pension plan, you’ll be interested to know that the Financial Services Commission of Ontario recently published a detailed report on the filings of Statement of Investment Policies and Procedures (SIPPs) in Ontario (the “Report”). The Report which was published at the

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July 04, 2017 by Mary Picard in English, Ontario, Pensions and Benefits
  • Comments Off on Cheers to the Ontario government: a tonic for dealing with pension statements for missing plan members

Cheers to the Ontario government: a tonic for dealing with pension statements for missing plan members

A helpful change to Ontario pension law has come into effect, coincident with the arrival of patio season. It is a refreshing tonic that will help administrators deal with pension plan members who are difficult to locate.

Until now, the obligation to send pension statements to former and retired plan members

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May 19, 2017 by Mary Picard in English, Ontario, Pensions and Benefits
  • Comments Off on Interesting times for employers with Ontario pension plans

Interesting times for employers with Ontario pension plans

Yesterday the Ontario Deputy Superintendent of Pensions released a formal statement that included the comment:  “these are interesting times in the pension sector.”  How true.

Many long-anticipated improvements to Ontario pension legislation, regulation and policies are finally coming into force.  The pension regulator will have more specific, helpful powers to target

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May 15, 2017 by Andy Pushalik in Employment Standards, English, Ontario
  • Comments Off on Changing Workplaces Review to be Released May 22: Media Reports

Changing Workplaces Review to be Released May 22: Media Reports

The countdown is on.

Over the weekend the Toronto Star and the CBC each published stories detailing what Ontarians can expect to see in the long awaited final report from the Changing Workplaces Review when it is released later this month. Citing unnamed government sources, the media outlets report

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