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30 May 2017 By

Got Spam? What you can do if you are receiving unwanted e-mails.

(Note: There have been changes to the legislature since this article was published. Please go here for an update.) Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, or CASL, came into force in July of 2014. Effectively, sending spam[1] is a violation of the law. You may have received spam if you can answer “n…

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30 May 2017 By

The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report: Permanency and Equality for Temporary Help Workers

Along with franchisors and unionized employers, the recommendations made in the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report could signal change for temporary help agencies, the individuals they employ (“assignment workers”), and the businesses who use these services to staff their operations (“c…

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25 May 2017 By

Federal environmental law reform: expert Panel on NEB modernization releases its report

The expert panel created to study and propose solutions for reform of the National Energy Board (“NEB”) has released its report, entitled “Forward, Together: Enabling Canada’s Clean, Safe and Secure Energy Future” (“NEB Report”). The NEB Report comes on the heels of the report issued by the …

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24 May 2017 By

Hot Off the Press – Changing Workplaces Final Report Released

Ontario Ministry of Labour Kevin Flynn released the Final Report of The Changing Workplaces Review yesterday. This 419-page report contains 173 recommendations that, if implemented, could have far-reaching implications on Ontario workplaces.  In terms of changes to basic employment standards…

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24 May 2017 By

Unionizing Franchise Locations Could Become Easier Under Proposed Changes to Ontario Law

The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review has now issued its Final Report, and there’s good news and bad news for franchisors. First, the good news: as we outlined in February, there were concerns that the Final Report would call for expanding the situations where franchisors would be considere…

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24 May 2017 By

Change is gonna come: The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

More than two years after Ontario’s Minister of Labour initiated it, the Changing Workplaces Review has issued its final report.  And depending on how (or if) the current Liberal government chooses to implement its 173 recommendations, employment in the province could look quite different a …

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23 May 2017 By

Court Allows Employer to Continue Random Drug Testing over Union’s Legal Objections

Unionized employers often face resistance when attempting to introduce drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. This is particularly true where the testing is going to be carried out at random. Employers who introduce these types of testing policies often face policy grievances challenging…

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15 May 2017 By

Long-awaited changes to Ontario’s Mining Act and Aggregate Resources Act passed

Ontario has introduced changes to the Aggregate Resources Act and the Mining Act. After years of work and consultations, the changes will come into effect once royal assent is obtained. The Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act introduced numerous changes to both of these Acts tha…

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