Category: Employment & Labour

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Quebec’s Revised Act respecting labour standards: New Challenges for Employers

July 5, 2018

Québec’s National Assembly recently enacted Bill 176, entitled An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions mainly to facilitate family-work balance (Bill). The Bill was assented to on June 12, 2018. Below is a description of the key changes made to the Act respecting labour standards (Act) and which, unless otherwise indicated, came into force…

Employment & Labour Podcast Series

June 13, 2018

In our Employment & Labour Podcast Series, members of the Blakes Employment & Labour group explore current legal issues facing Canadian employers — from cannabis to sexual harassment, workplace investigations and more. Click here to listen to any of the episodes below and stay tuned for more episodes. Cannabis in the Workplace Restrictive Covenants in the Employment Context Dos and…

2018 Legal Trends: The Sharing Economy

June 12, 2018

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our second article takes a closer look at the sharing economy and how this new economic model impacts suppliers, customers and platform providers in various ways. Here are a few legal trends to watch for as the sharing economy evolves.

Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act Coming Into Force January 2019

June 5, 2018

Bill 3, Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (Act), recently received royal assent and — with the exception of one provision — will come into force on January 1, 2019. The Act will significantly impact many employers, both as it relates to their hiring practices and reporting requirements, with pay transparency reports due as early as May 2020. The Act was…

Certain Provisions of Quebec’s Pay Equity Act Are Invalid, SCC Rules

May 22, 2018

On May 10, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) confirmed that certain sections of the Quebec Pay Equity Act (Act) regarding pay equity audits were invalid, inapplicable and unenforceable. The SCC agreed with the Quebec Court of Appeal’s decision as well as that of the Quebec Superior Court and determined that sections 76.3, 76.5 and 103.1, paragraph 2, of…

Ontario to Revoke New Holiday Pay Calculation Rule

May 8, 2018

The Ontario government has announced that it will reverse a Bill 148 amendment on the calculation of public holiday pay. The Bill 148 amendment, which came into force on January 1, 2018, was highly criticized by employers as costly and confusing. For example, the Bill 148 calculation required the payment of a full day of pay to any part-time worker…

Avoiding and Addressing Harassment Complaints in the “MeToo” Era

April 18, 2018

The overwhelming number of reports of #metoo cases, including several high-profile and public accusations of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace across industries in Canada, is causing many employers to take stock in the preparedness and awareness in their own organizations. Partners from our Employment & Labour practice group address these issues. Topics What are the most recent trends…

B.C. Looks to Amend Its Employment Standards Act, Proposes Expanded Leave of Absences

April 12, 2018

On April 9, 2018, the British Columbia government introduced Bill 6, which seeks to amend the B.C. Employments Standards Act (ESA), to provide employees with more generous and flexible pregnancy, parental and compassionate care leaves. Bill 6 also creates new job-security protections for parents upon the death or crime-related disappearance of their child. The changes to the ESA bring British…

Quebec’s Updated Act Respecting Labour Standards Presents New Challenges for Employers

March 23, 2018

On March 20, 2018, Quebec’s Minister responsible for Labour, Dominique Vien, presented Bill 176: An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions mainly to facilitate family-work balance (Bill) in the Quebec National Assembly. Despite numerous announcements promising a major restructuring of labour standards, the Bill does not overhaul the Act respecting labour standards (Act) to…

How Will Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act Affect Your Organization?

March 15, 2018

The Ontario government recently introduced Bill 203, the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (Act) in the legislative assembly, in part to close the wage gap between men and women by ensuring that compensation is based on a job’s requirements and the candidate’s qualifications. More broadly, this legislation is part of a wider strategy aimed at increasing transparency in both hiring and…

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