Is Bill 124 unconstitutional? Yes. And also, no.
On, February 12, 2024, the Ontario Court of Appeal (the “Court”) released its much-anticipated decision1 on the constitutionality of Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 (the “Act”), which restricts increases to salaries and compensation for e…View the post titled Is Bill 124 unconstitutional? Yes. And also, no.
Employment considerations when purchasing a professional practice*
Purchasing a professional practice can be an exciting time for the purchaser, but it can also be an overwhelmingly complex and time-consuming endeavour if you don’t engage the right people to guide you through the process. There are many important business and legal considerations to keep in…View the post titled Employment considerations when purchasing a professional practice*
Reminder: Federally-regulated employers must provide free menstrual products to their employees starting December 15, 2023
On December 15th, 2023, Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Labour Code (Menstrual Products) (the “Regulations”) will come into force, requiring federally-regulated employers in Canada to provide menstrual products to their employees at no cost. What exactly is req…View the post titled Reminder: Federally-regulated employers must provide free menstrual products to their employees starting December 15, 2023
Can an Ontario-regulated employer prohibit their employees from discussing their salaries, bonuses and other compensation?
While open discussions about compensation between employees were once considered impolite, they are becoming more common as people gain awareness of pay inequities. In 2023, women and visible minorities, on average, still earn less than their male counterparts who are not part of a visible …View the post titled Can an Ontario-regulated employer prohibit their employees from discussing their salaries, bonuses and other compensation?
Cost management and claims reduction: WSIB and Occupational Health & Safety
Our management-side labour and employment group at Siskinds is dedicated to offering effective strategies and advice to our employer clients, including helping them manage and control costs tied to their employment relationship with workers. A significant part of my practice revolves around …View the post titled Cost management and claims reduction: WSIB and Occupational Health & Safety
Is it time to update your vaccination policy?
It’s been three long years of ever-changing expectations about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As governments and organizations are reassessing the cost/benefit analysis of risk reduction measures, mandatory vaccination policies are front and centre. Now that the Ontario government i…View the post titled Is it time to update your vaccination policy?
2023 Ontario budget – Highlights for employers
On March 23, 2023, the Ontario government tabled its 2023 Budget. If passed, the Budget will address critical needs in the province, including Ontario’s labour shortage, particularly in sectors such as construction and health care. Highlights of particular interest to employer include:View the post titled 2023 Ontario budget – Highlights for employers
An employment lawyer’s review of an AI-drafted employment agreement
Along with what feels like every other person on the planet, I’ve been experimenting with ChatGPT. For the uninitiated, ChatGPT is an AI chat bot developed by OpenAI. I’m hardly an expert on the subject, but ChatGPT does not appear to “think” the way humans do. It is incapable of subjective …View the post titled An employment lawyer’s review of an AI-drafted employment agreement
Is it even a pilot project 24 years later?: The case for mandatory mediation across Ontario
Lawyers practicing any form of litigation know that mediation can be a client’s best friend. It’s an efficient, effective, and fair mechanism to resolve clients’ differences in a timely way. In 1999, the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program established a pilot project to test the advantages o…View the post titled Is it even a pilot project 24 years later?: The case for mandatory mediation across Ontario
Labour law 101: Collective bargaining*
What is collective bargaining? Continuing with our labour law series, in this week’s blog post we will discuss collective bargaining, the process by which a union and an employer negotiate the terms and conditions of employment for employees for whom the union holds bargaining rights. What i…View the post titled Labour law 101: Collective bargaining*
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