Category: Employment & Labour

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Emerging Ethical Trends in Workplace Law

February 24, 2016

This program will reviews ethical pitfalls with recruiting and hiring, employment contracts and the duty to bargain with an employee in good faith, ethics in internal investigations, protecting privilege and a full review of ethical predicaments in concluding wrongful dismissal settlements.   Please note you must now manually log the details of this program on the LSUC Portal: The…

Look Ahead: 2016 Legal Trends

January 8, 2016

  While global markets can be unpredictable, we have assembled some key legal trends that may help you prepare for what lies ahead in 2016.  ​​​​   Anti-Spam   Capital Markets  ​ China    Commercial Real Estate Cybersecurity Employment & Labour Financial Services Regulatory Intellectual Property International Trade   Litigation & Dispute Resolution   Mergers & Acquisitions   Oil &…

New Employer Duties under Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan

November 10, 2015

Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015 (Bill) contemplates amendments to six pieces of legislation, including Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The Bill proposes to amend the OHSA to include a definition of workplace sexual harassment, additional employer duties with respect to workplace harassment and a new…

Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You: AODA Employment Standards

October 13, 2015

All organizations with 50 or more employees in Ontario will be required to comply with the accessible employment standards made under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 starting on January 1, 2016. This bulletin provides a brief summary of the new obligations. Employers must notify their employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for job applicants…

Duty to Accommodate Trumps Company Policy

September 1, 2015

  In its recent decision, H.T. v. ES Holdings Inc. o/a Country Herbs, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (Tribunal) awarded two teenage employees over C$26,000 after they were fired for observing a religious holiday.   FACTS   Siblings 16-year-old H.T. and 14-year-old J.T. began working for ES Holdings Inc. o/a Country Herbs (Country Herbs) in April 2014. H.T. was…

Cross-Listed Canadian Issuers May Face Clawback Requirements

August 20, 2015

SEC PROPOSES MANDATORY CLAWBACKS Last month, the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules (Proposal) directing U.S. securities exchanges and associations to require companies to adopt clawback policies that would mandate executive officers to repay erroneously awarded incentive-based compensation. The Proposal reflects implementation of provisions of the The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.   This…

Labour Fund Reporting Requirements Enacted

July 28, 2015

  The Income Tax Act was recently amended to enact unprecedented and potentially onerous public disclosure obligations on labour organizations and investment funds in which labour organizations or persons represented by a labour organization have an interest.   The amendment enacts a private member’s bill to amend the Income Tax Act. It imposes unusual public disclosure requirements on labour organizations,…

Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increases to Keep Up with Inflation

March 23, 2015

  On October 1, 2015, the general minimum wage rate in Ontario will increase to C$11.25 per hour from C$11 per hour. Minimum wage rates for students, liquor servers, homeworkers and hunting/fishing guides will also increase on that day.   This increase is due to recent amendments to the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 that link minimum wage rates to…

Reconciling Family and Professional Obligations: What Should an Employer Do?

March 20, 2015

  The Commission des relations du travail (CNT) confirmed in Dannie Bouchard c. 9180-6166 Québec inc. Honda de la Capitale, a decision rendered on January 20, 2015, that employers are not obligated to modify an employee’s work schedule to accommodate obligations relating to the care of the employee’s child, under neither the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms (Quebec Charter)…

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