Category: Employment & Labour

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Ontario Considers Major Employment and Labour Law Reform: Key Recommendations and How They Will Impact Employers

May 26, 2017

On May 23, 2017, the Ontario government released The Changing Workplaces Review – Final Report, which recommends a sweeping overhaul to Ontario’s employment standards and labour relations legislation. The government has promised to move quickly on the recommendations which, if adopted, will have a significant impact on employers in Ontario. While there are numerous proposed amendments, the key recommendations are…

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #9: Personal Employee Information

May 18, 2017

This is the ninth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. This instalment addresses privacy risks and best practices for employers with respect to the management of personal employee information. OVERVIEW Rapid advances in technology have made it possible for employers to collect all kinds of information during the employment relationship. The information collected about an employee may…

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #8: Employment Considerations in Business Transactions

May 3, 2017

This is the eighth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series, focusing on employment considerations in business transactions. Specifically, this instalment discusses key employment and labour issues that a prospective buyer (Buyer) of a business (Target) should be alert to before and after entering into a deal. OVERVIEW It is essential to a successful transaction that a Buyer…

Federal Cannabis Legislation: Five Key Considerations for Employers

April 27, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), which will legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada (see our April 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Federal Government Introduces Cannabis Legislation. The Act received first reading on April 13, 2017 and, if passed, is expected to take effect on or before July 2018. The…

Ontario Court Allows Workplace Random Drug and Alcohol Testing to Proceed

April 26, 2017

In April 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice allowed the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to proceed with implementing random drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive employees, pending the outcome of an ongoing arbitration. The decision, finding in favour of the employer, is a rare and important case on the issue of random workplace drug and alcohol testing, which had…

Cannabis in Canada: A Changing Legal Landscape

April 19, 2017

The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.

Alberta Announces Overhaul of Workplace Laws

March 30, 2017

Alberta’s government is taking the pen to the province’s workplace legislation. As announced on March 13, 2017, the Employment Standards Code (Employment Standards) and the Labour Relations Code (Labour Code) will be the subject of a brief public consultation (closing April 18, 2017) before the government undertakes its own review and rolls out the first major changes to Alberta’s workplace…

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #7: Obligations When Terminating Without Cause

March 20, 2017

This is the seventh instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. This issue addresses termination entitlements upon a “without cause” dismissal. OVERVIEW Understanding an employee’s entitlements upon a without cause dismissal is an essential step towards avoiding unnecessary wrongful dismissal claims. Canadian law imposes obligations on employers to provide their employees with certain entitlements in the event of…

Styles Overturned: Alberta Court of Appeal Clarifies Treatment of Incentive Payments upon Termination

January 6, 2017

In Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation (Styles), a recently released decision that has been eagerly awaited by employers and employees alike, the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) clarified the law with respect to how long-term incentive plans (LTIP) should be treated when an employee is terminated. In doing so, the Court overturned a trial-level decision that would have greatly…

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #6: Balancing BYOD Programs with Expectations of Privacy at Work

December 1, 2016

This is the sixth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. OVERVIEW The workplace practice of bring your own device (BYOD) has hit the mainstream as more and more employees use their own mobile electronic devices to connect to corporate networks. Employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to the mobile devices used as part of…

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