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Published on: 18 Jul 2017 By

Concerned About Bill 148? Have Your Say By This Friday

Yesterday, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs’ tour of Ontario hit London to hear from the public on the changes to labour and employment legislation proposed in Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Throughout the day, the Committee considered oral presen…

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Published on: 11 Jul 2017 By

Public Hearings Regarding the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, in London on July 17

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is currently working its way through the Ontario legislature and, if passed into law, would impose many new obligations on employers. For more details on those changes, please see our previous blog posts on the subject. Bill 148 is in the…

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Published on: 5 Jul 2017 By

Up in Smoke: An Update on Marijuana in the Workplace

We are often asked to comment on what effect the proposed legalization of marijuana is likely to have on workplaces. As I noted last year, many employers already have experience with marijuana-related workplace issues, given that the drug has been used for medical purposes for some time. How…

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Published on: 19 Jun 2017 By

Indecent Proposal? Whether and How to Ask Existing Employees to Sign New Employment Contracts

Asking existing employees to sign new employment contracts can be a sensitive topic.  Employees will undoubtedly wonder why they are being asked to do so.  Many will quite rightly assume that the employer’s main motive for having new contracts be signed is to protect the employer – not the e…

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Published on: 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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Published on: 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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Published on: 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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Published on: 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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Published on: 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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