Category: Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Ontario Government Proposes Regulations to Expand DC Payment Options and Increase Disclosure

April 29, 2014

  The Ontario government has recently announced several proposed regulations that will affect the administration of Ontario-registered pension plans. These regulations will enable variable benefit accounts to be offered under Ontario-registered defined contribution plans, establish new filing requirements for SIPPs and set out the requirements for statements for former and retired members.     VARIABLE BENEFIT ACCOUNTS FOR DC PENSION…

Two New Bills Bring More Changes to Alberta’s Pension Legislation

April 28, 2014

  On April 16, 2014, the Alberta government introduced two bills making amendments to both its new private-sector and existing public-sector pension legislation. These bills constitute the next steps in ongoing processes to reform pensions in Alberta. Bill 10, the Employment Pension (Private Sector) Plans Amendment Act, 2014 (EPP Amendment Act), makes numerous changes to Alberta’s new Employment Pension Plans Act (New Act)….

​Federal Government Proposes Framework for Target Benefit Pension Plans

April 25, 2014

  The federal government has recently announced it will be launching consultations on a potential framework regarding target benefit pension plans (TBPs) for federally regulated private-sector and Crown corporation pension plans. The federal government is seeking views on the approach and elements of a proposed federal TBP framework. TBPs have recently been attracting more attention in Canada and aim to…

Say on Pay: Is the Canadian Future Voluntary?

March 27, 2014

  With the annual meeting season now underway, Canadian public companies that have not done so may be considering whether they will voluntarily adopt a Say-on-Pay shareholder vote – a shareholder vote approving the company’s approach to executive compensation.   There is no Canadian legal requirement to present a Say-on-Pay vote, nor does it appear there will be any such…

Pensions Newsletter – March 2014

March 16, 2014

Welcome to the fifth 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.  …

2014 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

February 12, 2014

  There is an evident international theme to many of the tax measures included in the 2014 Federal Budget presented by the Minister of Finance on February 11, 2014 (the 2014 Budget). The 2014 Budget includes proposals to address back-to-back loans in the context of the restrictions on the deductibility of interest under the thin capitalization rules as well as…

Canadian Clawbacks: Increasing But Still Voluntary

January 16, 2014

  “Clawbacks” are arrangements under which an employee forfeits previously awarded compensation, usually either as a result of a misstatement of the employer’s financial statements, misconduct or “bad behaviour” of the employee or, more commonly, a combination of both. Clawback mechanisms can be used to cancel unvested awards or recoup proceeds from vested awards and can apply to various types…

Pensions Newsletter – December 2013

December 15, 2013

Pensions Newsletter – December 2013 Welcome to the fourth 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…

Recent Developments in Pension and Employee Benefits Law

October 29, 2013

Blakes invites you to attend our semi-annual client seminar, which will address current issues in pension and employee benefits law. Our complimentary seminar offers you the opportunity to consider and discuss the key issues of the day, following a presentation by our speakers on recent legal developments. Topics to be discussed: •Case Law Update – Christopher Brown •Regulatory Round-Up –…

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