November 01, 2018 by Mary Picard in Pensions and Benefits
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What happens to the pension when the pensioner disappears into thin air?

The Supreme Court of Canada recently agreed to hear an appeal of a Quebec case that deals with the obligations and rights of a pension plan administrator when a pensioner goes missing.

The facts are unique.  A 77-year-old retired university professor went for a walk one crisp autumn day and never

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October 25, 2018 by Chelsea Rasmussen in Labour, Occupational Health and Safety, WSIB
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WSIB’s New Rate Framework For Employers

Following policy consultations that took place from August 14, 2017 to January 15, 2018, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB or the Board) announced its new rate framework for employers. This framework will replace current WSIB policies on classification structure, rate setting, and retroactive experience rating on January 1,

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October 23, 2018 by Andy Pushalik in Employment Standards, Labour
  • Comments Off on Going, Going, (Mostly) Gone: Ontario Conservative Government Announces Targeted Rollback of Bill 148 Amendments to the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the Ontario Labour Relations Act

Going, Going, (Mostly) Gone: Ontario Conservative Government Announces Targeted Rollback of Bill 148 Amendments to the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the Ontario Labour Relations Act

Earlier today, Premier Doug Ford followed through on his promise to revisit the previous Liberal government’s labour reforms by introducing legislation that eliminates many of the most controversial aspects of Bill 148. The changes include:

  • Minimum wage increase to $15.00/hr effective January 1, 2019 is cancelled – the existing minimum

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October 04, 2018 by Craig Lawrence in Union Issues
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Union Certifications: What Employers Need to Know about Union Organizing

Few events can more dramatically impact the way your business operates than the certification of a union.  In its simplest terms, a union certification represents the end of an employer’s 1:1 relationship with its employees, and the start of a collective bargaining relationship in which the union is the voice

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September 05, 2018 by Stefanie Chimienti in Human Rights, Privacy
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Bill 148 Webinar Series: What Employers Need to Know about Sexual or Domestic Violence Leave

As part of the overhaul of Ontario’s labour and employment legislation, effective January 1, 2018, employees are now entitled to a new job-protected leave of absence – sexual or domestic violence leave. This statutory leave of absence is part of the government’s effort to end gender-based violence as it requires

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August 29, 2018 by Adrian Miedema in Uncategorized
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“Communications and conduct” of employer’s lawyer regarding sexual harassment investigation were not privileged, could be referred to in Claim, court decides

Over the objections of a company’s employment lawyer, an Ontario court has permitted an employee to refer, in her Statement of Claim for constructive dismissal and bad faith, to the “communications and conduct” of the company’s lawyer in respect of a sexual harassment investigation.

The employee made sexual harassment and bullying

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August 29, 2018 by Peter Shawn Taylor in Bill Morneau, Canada, Editor's Picks, Facebook Instant Articles, gender wage gaps, Justin Trudeau, Nordic, Opinion, pay equity
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What it would really take to close the gender wage gap

Peter Shawn Taylor: A look at Nordic countries reveals the big obstacle to eliminating gender pay gaps is the preferences of female workers themselves

The post What it would really take to close the gender wage gap appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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August 09, 2018 by Rachel Kattapuram in Privacy
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An Employer’s Guide to Privacy in the Workplace

Privacy and data protection concerns are at an all time high. With tech giants under scrutiny for large-scale privacy breaches, much of the recent media attention has focused on companies’ handling of client or consumer personal information. However, looming equally large are concerns regarding employers’ handling (and mishandling) of employee

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July 12, 2018 by Matthew Curtis in Uncategorized
  • Comments Off on Will your workplace drug policies and procedures go up in smoke? Recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Canada in October 2018

Will your workplace drug policies and procedures go up in smoke? Recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Canada in October 2018

The hype around the legalization of marijuana in Canada is becoming a reality. On June 20, 2018, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the legalization of recreational marijuana effective October 17, 2018, making Canada the first G7 country to legalize marijuana for recreational use. According to Health Canada, the use of marijuana

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June 18, 2018 by Stefanie Chimienti in Employment Standards
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What a PC Government Means for Workplaces in Ontario

Over the past 15 years under a majority liberal government, workplaces in Ontario saw many employment and labour law reforms. Most recently, the liberal government introduced Bill 148 which made significant changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995, among others.

When Ontario went to the

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