Labour & Employment Blog

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...

Back to the Future – Public Holiday Changes Reversed

Written by on May 09, 2018.

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 of the Public Holiday Pay system. Pending this review, as of July 1, 2018, the former system for calculating Public Holiday Pay will be reintroduced. The government has already passed the Regulation effect...

And there’s more! New employer obligations, that is.

Written by on May 02, 2018.

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 their previous compensation history required to include information about the expected range of compensation in job postings prohibited from intimidating, dismissing or other penalizing employ...

Closing the Wage Gap in Ontario?

Written by on March 12, 2018.

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 70 cents for every dollar earned by men. Bill 203 is titled the “Pay Transparency Act” and, if passed into law, many large employers will have to make further changes to some long-standing policies and...