In Hawkes v Max Aicher (North America) Limited, 2018 CanLII 125999, the Ontario Labour Relations Board recently clarified that only an employer’s Ontario payroll is considered when calculating severance pay under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000. Employers with international operations may be exempt from the requirement to provide statutory severance pay if their Ontario payrolls are less than $2.5 million
Pursuant to the new Employer Health Tax Act, certain employers in British Columbia are now required to pay to the government for each calendar year a tax equal to 1.95% of the BC remuneration paid by the employer during the calendar year
On February 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM EST, FWTA will host Flying Solo: Best Practices for Managing Proceedings Commenced by Self-Represented Litigants, a free webinar. During this webinar, attendees will learn how to manage litigation or potential litigation with self-represented individuals, including best practices for ethical advocacy; strategies the courts and administrative tribunals use to manage litigation involving self-represented litigants; and what concerns self-represented litigants have and how those concerns can affect the litigation process. Should you wish to attend this free webinar, please register on Webex.
Date and time:
February 28, 2019 8:00 am - 9:00 am (EDT)
Date: Thursday 31 January at 8:00 a.m. EST
FWTA will host the first part of its Workers’ Compensation Bootcamp, a free webinar series that will provide participants with practical and strategic tips on how to effectively manage workers’ compensation claims beyond most standard claim management systems; considering and using WSIB cost statements as part of the claims management process; and applying workers’ compensation principles to other areas of employment and human rights in the workplace for an all-inclusive approach. Should you wish to attend this free webinar, please register on Webex by January 30, 2019.
Date and time:
January 31, 2019 8:00 am - 9:30 am (EDT)
The Ontario Legislature recently tabled two bills proposing significant amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code. If enacted, Bill 35 and Bill 40 would introduce new non-discrimination obligations for all provincially regulated employers
A new Ontario Court of Appeal, Hampton Securities Limited v Dean, 2018 ONCA 901 provides both guidance and caution to employers in regulated industries when disclosing facts or making complaints to a regulator against former or departing employees
Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, received Royal Assent on November 21, 2018. The Bill makes several amendments to labour and employment in Ontario, many of which reverse provisions from last year’s Bill 148 (the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017)
Effective November 1, 2018, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) will require organizations to report any breach of security safeguards to the Privacy Commissioner if the breach creates a real risk of significant harm to an individual’s privacy. The affected individuals will also have to be notified about the breach.
In Teck Coal Limited (Line Creek Operations) v International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115, 2018 CanLII 69605 (BC LA), a labour arbitration proceeding held in the province of British Columbia, a labour arbitrator upheld the employer’s decision to dismiss an employee who had failed a post-accident drug test, in spite of the fact that the employer’s Illegal Drug and Alcohol Policy had failed an earlier challenge at arbitration.