Labour & Employment Blog

Is Bill 148 being scrapped in its entirety?

Written by on October 03, 2018.

Premier Doug Ford was quoted yesterday (Tuesday October 2, 2018) in the legislature as saying, “We’re getting rid of Bill 148. We’re going to make sure we protect the front-line workers.” His Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson was quick to slow down the move, saying, “There are parts that we will keep and there are parts that probably will go” and went on to say that the process is under review. Recently, Ford announced that the minimum wage increase scheduled for January 1,...

Ontario Government Announces WSIB Premium Relief for Employers

Written by on September 27, 2018.

On September 26, the government of Ontario announced that Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) premium rates for employers will be reduced due to a steep reduction in the WSIB’s Insurance Fund’s unfunded liability. In the announcement, the provincial government stated that “the WSIB will be able to cut the average premium rate for employers by almost 30 per cent, starting January 1, 2019.” According to the WSIB, premiums for Schedule 1 employers will decrease from an aver...

Divisional Court overturns Ontario Labour Relation Board’s certification of construction bargaining unit integral to telecommunications

Written by on August 29, 2018.

In a significant victory for employers engaged in construction work in federally-regulated sectors, the Divisional Court in Labourers’ International Union of North America, Ontario Provincial District Council v Ramkey Communications Inc [1]has overturned an Ontario Labour Relations Board (“OLRB”) decision suggesting that all contractors performing construction work were subject to provincial labour relations laws, regardless of how vital, essential, or integral that work was to the federal...

Will They or Won’t They? Ontario’s new government and the WSIA

Written by on July 30, 2018.

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 the WSIA to include the new section 83(4), which allows the Lieutenant Governor in Council to make regulations imposing the responsibilities and costs of an injury suffered by a temporary help agency wo...

Legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018

Written by on June 20, 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 and territories some time to implement distribution and sale laws. For more information on what impact that this has for your organization, you can read more at: Dazed and Confused: Marijuana in t...