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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…

  • By: Staff
  • December 3, 2020 April 28, 2021
  • 08:50
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…

  • June 4, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 08:30
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…

  • By: Staff
  • May 1, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 10:05

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…

A summary of Ontario’s changing employment and labour legislation

A summary of Ontario’s changing employment and labour legislation

Many of the changes that were introduced to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act in January 2018 were short-lived, as the province’s new government elected in June…

  • February 19, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 08:00
How will 2018’s employment law changes play out for employers in 2019?

How will 2018’s employment law changes play out for employers in 2019?

In 2018, several significant employment and labour law changes were rolled out across Canada, especially in Ontario, which saw a change of government in June. “These changes will…

How #MeToo movement is changing way employment law views harassment

How #MeToo movement is changing way employment law views harassment

Since the #MeToo movement has brought a deluge of attention to cases featuring all manner of harassment and assault, are the actions of employers, employees…

B.C. university employee alleges sexual harassment, university denies claim

B.C. university employee alleges sexual harassment, university denies claim

A female employee at an unspecified university in British Columbia reported to her superiors that a male colleague, a faculty member, told her he was “crazy…

A 2018 roundup of the top legal cases in the benefits industry

A 2018 roundup of the top legal cases in the benefits industry

When considering the legal cases attracting the most attention from the pension and benefits industry in 2018, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal’s decision in Talos v.…

Uber loses U.K. case on worker rights, expected to appeal

Uber loses U.K. case on worker rights, expected to appeal

Uber pledged Wednesday to challenge a U.K. Court of Appeal decision that drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed employees, a verdict that…

Women more likely than men to experience workplace harassment: Stats Can

Women more likely than men to experience workplace harassment: Stats Can

Women are more likely than men to experience workplace harassment, according to a new report by Statistics Canada, which noted it’s more common in health-related…

Vegan contests firing after alerting colleagues to pension’s problematic investments

Vegan contests firing after alerting colleagues to pension’s problematic investments

An animal welfare charity is facing legal action from a former employee who says he was fired after raising concerns about the organization’s pension investments…

Recreational marijuana legalization raises new questions for employers

Recreational marijuana legalization raises new questions for employers

The recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada has brought up a lot of new questions for employers, according to one expert. “Now that we’re past…

Google walkout protests mishandled sexual harassment

Google walkout protests mishandled sexual harassment

Thousands of Google employees around the world briefly walked off the job Thursday to protest what they said was the technology giant’s mishandling of sexual…

Federal government publishes report on pay equity

Federal government publishes report on pay equity

The federal government has published its report on pay equity after consulting with some 40 stakeholders in moving forward with pay equity legislation. Drawing on the feedback of employer…

  • By: Staff
  • October 25, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:30
Ontario government unveils new labour standards bill

Ontario government unveils new labour standards bill

The Ontario government introduced a new act on Tuesday that, if passed, would repeal or change much of the employment laws established by the previous government in…

  • By: Staff
  • October 23, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 17:00
CFIB to offer tools, education for employers around legal pot

CFIB to offer tools, education for employers around legal pot

As Canada enters a new era of legalized recreational cannabis, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is offering tools and educational materials for employers and employees.…

  • By: Staff
  • October 16, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:00
What will happen to Ontario’s new employment legislation?

What will happen to Ontario’s new employment legislation?

Earlier this month, Ontario premier Doug Ford announced in the provincial legislature that he would be axing Bill 148, an assortment of changes to the Employment…

  • By: Ryan Murphy
  • October 12, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:15
Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

Editorial: To be blunt: It’s time to embrace the benefits of marijuana

Marijuana. Cannabis. Pot. Weed. Bud. Grass. Reefer. Kush. Mary Jane. Ganja. Doobie. Trees. No matter what you call it, marijuana is dominating the Canadian news…

Legal cases highlight issues around LTD coverage

Legal cases highlight issues around LTD coverage

Whether considering age eligibility or policy wording, recent rulings for employees in a pair of Ontario cases are reminders to employers to review their long-term…

Ontario court decision raises questions on employee settlements

Ontario court decision raises questions on employee settlements

A decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice suggests that even broadly worded releases won’t cover subsequent lawsuits against employers for “improper conduct” such…