Will They or Won’t They? Ontario’s new government and the WSIA
Since the Ontario Liberal government amended the Workplace Safety Insurance Act (“WSIA”) in April, there has been some confusion about who bears the responsibility for workplace injuries to temporary agency workers: the agency, or its client employer. On April 6, 2018, the Liberals amended t…Continue reading the post titled Will They or Won’t They? Ontario’s new government and the WSIA
Legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018
Canadian employers should be ready for the legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018. The Senate voted to pass the Liberal government’s Bill C-45 on June 19, 2018 and today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the October 17, 2018 date, which allows the provinces …Continue reading the post titled Legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018
Back to the Future – Public Holiday Changes Reversed
As we wrote in January, recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) under Bill 148 included a new method for calculating Public Holiday Pay. However, after widespread criticism from employers, the Ontario government announced Monday that it would be conducting a review o…Continue reading the post titled Back to the Future – Public Holiday Changes Reversed
And there’s more! New employer obligations, that is.
In its flurry of pre-election legislation, the Ontario government has now passed the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 into law. As of January 1, 2019, employers will have new obligations and restrictions when hiring new employees. All employers will be: prohibited from asking a job applicant about…Continue reading the post titled And there’s more! New employer obligations, that is.
Closing the Wage Gap in Ontario?
In yet another “time for a change” speech, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced last week that the government will take steps to close the wage gap between men and women. The gender-based wage gap has been stagnant for over a decade at about 30% – usually expressed as women earning…Continue reading the post titled Closing the Wage Gap in Ontario?
She’s Having a Baby! What do the New Extended EI Parental Benefits Mean for Employers?
In March 2017, the federal government announced its intention to extend employment insurance parental benefits to 18 months. This change took effect on December 3, 2017. While many Canadian employers are not thrilled with this change, it’s not all bad news. Same Total Maximum EI Benefits Par…Continue reading the post titled She’s Having a Baby! What do the New Extended EI Parental Benefits Mean for Employers?
Follow the Bouncing Ball: Enforcing Termination Provisions
Employers need some good news these days, with rising minimum wages, employee-friendly changes to many employment standards, and let’s not even mention the stock market. So I’m happy to share the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Nemeth v. Hatch Ltd. in which a very simple terminati…Continue reading the post titled Follow the Bouncing Ball: Enforcing Termination Provisions
Labour & Employment Group Offers Special Rate to Assess Unionization Risk
Recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 have created a greater risk for unionization in the workplace. Siskinds’ labour and employment group is providing their services at a special set fee to assist organizations in assessing the risk for unio…Continue reading the post titled Labour & Employment Group Offers Special Rate to Assess Unionization Risk
Do Employers Have Human Rights Obligations to Former Employees?
Two sisters from Inuvik Native Bands were employed by White Tornado Cleaning Services, owned by Rhonda Sallows. Their employment ended when they both quit, in response to allegedly being yelled at repeatedly by Ms. Sallows. Ms. Sallows subsequently told the sisters that she was decreasing th…Continue reading the post titled Do Employers Have Human Rights Obligations to Former Employees?
New Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 Will Affect Calculation of New Year’s Day Holiday Pay
Happy New Year, everyone! Effective January 1, 2018, the method used for calculating public holiday pay has changed, meaning that the way employers are required to pay qualifying employees for New Year’s Day will be different than the method used for calculating Christmas and Boxing Da…Continue reading the post titled New Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 Will Affect Calculation of New Year’s Day Holiday Pay