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B.C.’s temporary paid sick leave program laying groundwork for permanent offering: Premier

Employees affected by the coronavirus in British Columbia will qualify for up to three days of paid sick leave under proposed legislation that Premier John Horgan expects will…

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What are the current provincial policies on emergency, sick leave amid the coronavirus pandemic?

While the debate over paid sick days intensifies across Canada, only two provinces currently offer this benefit on a permanent basis. On April 30, Ontario…

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Pandemic highlights need to settle on right-to-disconnect rules: labour minister

The federal labour minister says the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need to give employees the ability to avoid work emails and text messages as the lines between…

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McDonald’s mandating anti-harassment training worldwide

McDonald’s Corp. is mandating worker training to combat harassment, discrimination and violence in its restaurants worldwide starting next year. The training requirement will impact 2…

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Employers should weigh human rights, health risks when drafting pandemic policies

Employers are facing a growing number of legal considerations as they continually adapt policies amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent webinar hosted…

Mandatory coronavirus testing for unionized employees allowed: arbitrator

Arbitrator Dana Randall has ruled that unilaterally-imposed, bi-weekly testing for the novel coronavirus at a Woodstock, Ont., unionized retirement home is reasonable when weighed against…

Ontario Amazon warehouse being investigated for labour violations following coronavirus outbreak

An Amazon warehouse that was ordered to shut down last week due to a major coronavirus outbreak is also being investigated for potential labour violations, the Ontario…

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Unions calling for ‘universal wage’ for PSWs, better access to PPE for health-care workers

Health-care workers across Ontario are still struggling to obtain personal protective equipment to shield them from the coronavirus, said three major unions, which are also…

EU implementing new pay transparency rules to help close gender wage gap

Ahead of International Women’s Day next week, the European Union Commission announced it’s imposing new rules to make pay levels public in order to make…

Microsoft Canada advancing DEI goals with new partnership

Microsoft Canada advancing DEI goals with new partnership

Microsoft Canada is partnering with the Black Professionals in Tech Network to grow Black talent at the company, in line with advancing its own culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Microsoft executives…

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  • February 8, 2021 March 26, 2021
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Quebec’s occupational health, safety legislation must modernize to stay competitive: report

Quebec’s occupational health, safety legislation must modernize to stay competitive: report

As Quebec updates its occupational health and safety legislation, Morneau Shepell is calling for the province to ensure the update stays true to the fundamental…

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  • January 19, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 09:00
Family-status discrimination issues remain ‘minefield’ for employers

Family status discrimination issues remain ‘minefield’ for employers

Confusion as to what constitutes family status discrimination in Canada continues to vex employers. “The Supreme Court of Canada had an opportunity to create a…

Some Uber, Lyft drivers suing over California’s Proposition 22

Some Uber, Lyft drivers suing over California’s Proposition 22

Drivers for app-based, ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit on January 12 to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead…

Feds changing sick-leave benefit amid non-essential travel uproar

Feds changing sick leave benefit amid non-essential travel uproar

The Canada Revenue Agency is tweaking the requirements for three federal benefits following an uproar over the possibility of Canadians applying for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit after ignoring…

Enbridge signing BlackNorth Initiative pledge, increasing diversity efforts

Enbridge signing BlackNorth Initiative pledge, increasing diversity efforts

Enbridge Inc. is undertaking a series of steps to further diversify its workforce and address anti-Black systemic racism, starting with signing onto the BlackNorth Initiative…

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  • January 6, 2021 April 14, 2021
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CRA allowing employees to claim up to $400 work-from-home tax deduction

CRA allowing employees to claim up to $400 work-from-home tax deduction

The Canada Revenue Agency is introducing a simplified process to claim up to $400 in office expenses for Canadians working from home during the coronavirus…

Employers offering wills, estate planning tools amid pandemic

Employers offering wills, estate planning tools amid pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is bringing the topic of wills and estate planning out of the dark and into the light for some employers. Mainstream news…

Women comprise 34% of new Canadian board appointments: report

Women comprise 34% of new Canadian board appointments: report

Gender diversity is increasing on the boards of Canada’s 100 largest publicly-traded companies, according to a new report by KPMG Canada. It found women comprised…

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  • December 3, 2020 April 28, 2021
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Constructive dismissal and the corresponding duty to mitigate damages

Constructive dismissal and the corresponding duty to mitigate damages

In a recent case, the Ontario Superior Court found an employee failed to mitigate damages when he refused a return-to-work offer from his employer, with whom he…

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The legal risks of drug plan design changes

The legal risks of drug plan design changes

Drug plan design changes are often unavoidable, whether they’re due to a carrier modifying contracts across the board or an employer looking to manage ballooning…

Government releases results of workplace harassment, violence consultation

More than half (54 per cent) of Canadians believe training around workplace harassment and violence should occur annually, while 28 per cent said it should…

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  • May 1, 2019 November 30, 2020
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Learn about first six months of legalized cannabis at 2019 Benefit and Pensions Summit

The conflation of medical and recreational cannabis can present challenges when it comes to workplace policies, says Gregory Clooney, a lawyer and senior legal consultant…

Employers must prepare to be compliant with federal pay equity: Mercer

Employers must prepare to be compliant with federal pay equity: Mercer

Canadian employers may need to re-evaluate how they think about job classes and compensation when the federal pay equity legislation comes into effect. The new…

Extra EI sickness benefits would cost feds $1.1 billion a year: PBO

Providing income support for a year to people who are too sick to work would cost the federal government $1 billion more than its current…

Can employers require mandated arbitration in employee disputes?

Can employers require mandated arbitration in employee disputes?

In response to months of pressure from employees, Google Inc. said last week it will no longer require employees to settle disputes with the company through…