As of 1 January 2020, Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (the “WSIB”) will be replacing its current Schedule 1 employer classification system and premium and experience rating programs with a new “Rate Framework”. Under the Rate Framework, experience rating programs will be eliminated and employers will instead pay prospective and fluctuating premium rates based on their individual claims experience. As of 25 September 2019, the WSIB started notifying employers of their new 2020 premium rates. This same day, the Ontario Government announced a five-year SIB premium freeze for all non-profits operating in the province
It’s that time of the year again! Retail employers are hiring and onboarding seasonal employees in preparation for the upcoming demanding holiday season. Although most seasonal employees are hired for a short term, which often commences in November/December and ends in January, these workers are still “true” employees with legal rights and protections under employment […]
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – 12 pm EST
On January 1, 2020, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (the “WSIB”) is replacing its current Schedule 1 employer classification system and experience rating programs with a new “Rate Framework”. Under the Rate Framework, there will be significant changes to the employer classification system. Further, the existing experience rating programs will be eliminated and replaced with prospective and fluctuating premium rates.
Understanding how your organization will be classified and how its premiums and related compensation costs are calculated are essential to controlling workers’ compensation costs. Is your organization ready?
Join us on November 26, 2019 for a free, 60-minute webinar on the WSIB’s new Rate Framework. In this informative session, our Rate Framework team, Carissa Tanzola, Cassandra Ma and James Jennings, will walk attendees through the upcoming changes, and provide practical insights into how organizations can confirm the accuracy of their new classifications and premium rates. The team will also provide helpful suggestions on steps organizations can take to control future costs.
- Carissa Tanzola
- Cassandra Ma
- James Jennings
Date and time:
November 26, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EST)
In the recent case of Andros v. Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal held that a termination clause was unenforceable, despite the fact that it explicitly referred to statutory minimums. The Court of Appeal also found that the employee was entitled to a prorated share of an annual bonus during the common law notice period, even though the bonus only became payable after the expiry of the notice period
Bill C-86 introduced a number of amendments to the Canada Labour Code. The bill subsequently received royal assent on 13 December 2018. These amendments will come into effect beginning on 1 September 2019. This article provides a summary of some of the key changes
On 23 May 2019, the Ontario Government announced its appointment of two special advisors, Linda Regner Dykeman and Sean Speer, to review the operations of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (“WSIB”). Members of the public have until 26 July 2019 to make submissions to the review team
In Joseph v. Tecumseh Community Development Corporation, 2019 HRTO 635, the Tribunal dismissed an application made by an employee whose employment was terminated for unauthorized absenteeism and insubordination. Although the applicant was specifically asked to provide medical documentation substantiating her absence or return to work, she failed to comply with this directive. The applicant asserted the termination of her employment amounted to discrimination on the basis of family status. However, the Tribunal ultimately found the applicant failed to provide any medical evidence that would substantiate this claim
On 1 May 2019, the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting labour standards came into force in Québec, raising the province’s general minimum wage rate by 50 cents to $12.50 per hour. The minimum wage rate for employees in the Québec food industry who are partially compensated by gratuities has risen by 25 cents to $10.05 per hour
Date: Wednesday 12 June 5 p.m. Central European Time (11 a.m. New York time)
Identifying key wage and hour risks confronting international retailers and strategies for compliance
- The webinar will feature a panel discussion among attorneys from United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and France with deep experience representing employers confronted with class action wage and hour cases and the myriad of issues arising from the unique scheduling demands of the retail industry as they collide with the growing push to ensure through local laws that employees receive sufficient time off and compensation.
- Jonathan Dye (Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti in Canada)
- Eric R. Magnus (Jackson Lewis in USA)
- Olivier Kress (Flichy Grangé in France)
- James Major (Clyde & Co in United Kingdom)
- Moderator: Rich Landau (Jackson Lewis in USA)
Date and time:
June 12, 2019 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (CET)
Date: May 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM EST
FWTA will host Human Capital – Best Practices for Hiring in 2019, a free webinar that will provide participants with practical tips about the fundamental Human Rights Code obligations that affect provincially regulated workplaces; how to proactively ensure compliance with human rights obligations; and other hiring considerations, including offers of employment, pre-employment testing, and reference and background checks. Should you wish to attend this free webinar, please register online.
Insights: Adding talented employees to the workforce tops many employers’ to-do-lists. But effectively navigating the legalities of the hiring process can require some forethought – especially when it comes to complying with the Human Rights Code.
In this upcoming seminar, participants will:
- Be reminded of the fundamental Human Rights Code obligations that affect provincially regulated workplaces.
- Learn how to proactively ensure compliance with human rights obligations.
- Learn about other hiring considerations, including offers of employment, pre-employment testing, and reference and background checks.
- Robert Bayne
- Anthony Panacci
- Derek Klatt
Date and time:
May 9, 2019 8:00 am - 9:30 am (EST)