Category: Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Alert: What’s Mine is Legally Yours – New Definition of “Spouse” in the Pension Benefits Act

February 14, 2017

Without any pomp and circumstance, the definition of “spouse” under the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) (PBA) was amended effective January 1, 2017. Under the revised definition, a spouse continues to include someone who is married to a person or who lives with a person in a ‘common-law’ relationship for at least three years. The definition also continues to include persons who…

Pensions Newsletter – December 2016

December 14, 2016

Welcome to the 16th issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

Plan Administrators, Are You Prepared for Ontario’s New Regime for Pension Advisory Committees?

November 16, 2016

Many pension plan administrators will soon have new obligations regarding pension advisory committees (PAC). Ontario’s new PAC regime was proposed in fall 2015 and will come into force on January 1, 2017. In particular, O. Reg 351/16 amends the General Regulation under the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) and comes into force on January 1, 2017. This bulletin highlights what plan…

Recent Developments in Pension and Employee Benefits Law

November 3, 2016

Join leading lawyers from the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group as they discuss recent updates and legal developments in pension and employee benefits law as well as strategies to identify and minimize common risks. Topics: Case Law and Regulatory Round-Up  DC Pension Plans: Investment and Other Current Issues New Multi-Jurisdictional Pension Plan Agreement De-Risking for Defined Benefit Plans:…

Target Benefit Plans and Annuities for Federally Regulated Enterprises

October 25, 2016

On October 19, 2016, the federal government tabled Bill C-27, which proposes amendments to the federal Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (PBSA). If passed, this bill will allow federally regulated employers to create both single employer and multi-employer target benefit plans, and to purchase annuities as a full discharge of the plan’s obligations under the PBSA in a non-windup situation….

Pensions Newsletter – October 2016

October 19, 2016

Welcome to the 15th issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

Strategies for Executive Compensation

September 15, 2016

This complimentary seminar provides an opportunity to discuss trends and current issues affecting the design, disclosure and taxation of executive compensation arrangements with speakers from the Blakes Executive Compensation group and Mercer Canada Limited. Topics: Emerging challenges in executive compensation   Customizing executive pay strategy            Restructuring equity-based incentives: tax and securities law issues            Disclosure developments: new TSX Rules and securities…

Under Review: Solvency Funding Reform for Ontario Sponsors of Single Employer Pension Plans

July 28, 2016

On July 26, 2016, Ontario released a consultation paper, “Review of Ontario’s Solvency Funding Framework for Defined Benefit Pension Plans” (Consultation Paper). The Consultation Paper is open for comment until September 30, 2016. As noted in our November 2015 Blakes Bulletin: 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review Provisions Affecting the Retirement Income System, Ontario’s 2015 Economic Statement provided that…

Pensions Newsletter – July 2016

July 14, 2016

Welcome to the 14th issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice.  For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

CPP Agreement in Principle Reached, ORPP Will Not Proceed if Deal is Finalized

June 21, 2016

The federal government and the provinces, except for Quebec and Manitoba, have reached an agreement in principle to a Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement that will be phased in over seven years beginning January 1, 2019. Ontario has said that the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan will not proceed if the deal is finalized. The agreement in principle must be approved…

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