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Published on: 30 Jul 2018 By

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…

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Published on: 20 Jun 2018 By

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 …

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Published on: 9 May 2018 By

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…

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Published on: 2 May 2018 By

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…

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Published on: 28 Feb 2018 By

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…

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Published on: 7 Feb 2018 By

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…

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Published on: 29 Jan 2018 By

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…

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Published on: 29 Jan 2018 By

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…

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Published on: 2 Jan 2018 By

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…

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