Category: Employment & Labour

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New Year, New Employment Standards for Alberta: Job-Protected Leave for New Parents Extended Up to 1.5 Years

January 12, 2018

Alberta’s employment standards laws have changed significantly as of January 1, 2018. Among other things, periods of job-protected maternity and parental leave have been increased through the Employment Standards Amendment Regulation and amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code. Pursuant to these changes, maternity leave has been extended from 15 to 16 weeks, and parental leave has been extended from 37 to…

Inside Canada’s New Employment Rules: Expanded Employee Leaves of Absence and Employment Insurance Benefits

November 29, 2017

The federal government recently confirmed that the new rules for maternity, parental and caregiver benefits under the Employment Insurance Act (EIA) and the corresponding leaves under the Canada Labour Code (CLC) are scheduled to come into force on December 3, 2017. The relevant amendments to the EIA and the CLC are contained within the Budget Bill Implementation Act, 2017 (Bill…

Ontario Passes Bill 148, Rolls Out Major Changes to Workplace Laws

November 27, 2017

On November 22, 2017, the Ontario government passed the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148), rolling out major changes to the province’s employment and labour laws, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995. These changes will have significant implications for employers in Ontario. Bill 148 was initially introduced in June 2017 following the…

Quebec Pension Plan Enhancements: Increased Employer Contributions in Sight

November 21, 2017

On November 2, 2017, Quebec’s Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitão, tabled Bill 149, An Act to enhance the Québec Pension Plan and to amend various retirement-related legislative provisions (Bill), which aims to strengthen the financial security of employees who will retire in the coming years and harmonize the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) with the Canada Pension Plan. IMPLEMENTATION OF TWO…

Ontario Court Rules Working Notice Wrongly Applied in Mass Termination Class Action

November 16, 2017

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Superior Court) recently granted summary judgment in favour of a class of employees who were part of a “mass termination” following a business closure. The Superior Court’s decision in Wood v. CTS of Canada Co. and CTS Corporation provides important guidance for employers when faced with a business restructuring or shutdown of operations. BACKGROUND…

Chicken Caught: Privacy Commissioner Confirms Video Surveillance Should Be Last Resort for Organizations

November 14, 2017

In the recently released Investigation Report P17-01, Use of employee surveillance by a BC chicken catching organization, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC) confirmed that organizations should only implement video surveillance in limited circumstances where other means of resolving an issue have been ineffective. BACKGROUND A chicken catching organization (Company) decided to introduce a…

A Broader View: Court of Appeal Confirms Holistic Approach for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing in Alberta

November 13, 2017

Alberta’s highest court has clarified the parameters of the law on random drug and alcohol testing and emphasized that courts and arbitrators alike should take a holistic approach to safety when examining the enforceability of such practices. In Suncor Energy Inc. v. Unifor Local 707A, the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) held that an employer seeking to justify…

Cross-Border Incentive Plans: One Size Does Not Fit All

October 26, 2017

To recruit and retain highly skilled and experienced executives, companies must offer innovative and attractive compensation packages. Variable compensation is an increasingly important element of overall remuneration as businesses seek to link remuneration to performance over both the short and long term.

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

U.S. Immigration Solution: Canada is Open for Business

August 9, 2017

The competition for professional foreign workers continues to increase in many U.S. business sectors. In light of changing U.S. immigration laws and impending reform, however, American companies hiring foreign talent are challenged by how to efficiently and economically recruit and retain their top talent. This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue of The American Lawyer.  

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