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Ontario’s pension benefits guarantee fund has successfully reclaimed some $200 million from monies allocated to pensioners in Nortel Networks Corp. bankruptcy proceedings. The silver lining for pensioners is that the decision by the Financial Services Tribunal finally puts an end to the uncertainty they’ve experienced since their benefits were cut off in 2010. “It would have […]

  • January 9, 2020 November 30, 2020
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Pension plan stakeholders will see a continued evolution of both short- and long-term reform, with some significant developments expected in 2020. “Hopefully, Ontario will finalize the rules for its target benefit regime — perhaps we’ll see the introduction of single employer target-benefit rules — and there should be some action on variable benefits because the […]

  • December 20, 2019 December 11, 2020
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The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld a $267,017 award to a pensioner for negligent misrepresentation after the Alberta Pensions Services Corp. provided mistaken estimates of the pensioner’s retirement benefits. But the lawyer for Dr. William Calder and his wife says the ruling, which also validated a change in the ASPC’s interpretation of the governing […]

  • December 5, 2019 November 30, 2020
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The Ontario Court of Appeal is poised to hear a case that could clear up the conflicting jurisprudence regarding the point at which limitation periods that apply to disability claims start to run. “The decisions from lower courts are all over the place and the court will have to reconcile them,” says Nainesh Kotak, a […]

  • November 26, 2019 December 3, 2020
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The Federal Court has certified a $100 million class action brought by former members of the Canadian Armed Forces reserves who alleged that the government illegally delayed their retirement benefits. “There were 1,300 complaints to the CAF ombudsman between 2006 and 2017,” says Adam Tanel, an associate at Koskie Minsky LLP and co-counsel for the class. The […]

  • November 18, 2019 November 30, 2020
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An arbitrator has ruled that part-time employees who have returned to work after retiring and are receiving pension benefits from the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan aren’t “members” of the plan for the purpose of calculating their benefit entitlements if they choose not to re-enrol in the HOOPP on resuming service. The upshot of arbitrator […]

  • November 11, 2019 November 30, 2020
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A recent decision by Ontario’s Divisional Court means that the province’s hospital sector is bound to provide long-term disability coverage to unionized employees who work past age 65. While the court’s ruling dealt only with the collective bargaining agreement between Markham Stouffville Hospital’s site at Uxbridge and the Canadian Union of Local Employees’ Local 1999, the […]

  • October 28, 2019 December 3, 2020
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The Ontario Court of Appeal has taken a technical approach to interpreting “termination clause” in ruling that a failsafe clause that doesn’t clearly apply to the entirety of a termination clause won’t be enforceable. “The big takeaway from Andros v. Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc. is that courts will pay close attention to grammar and structure in […]

  • October 16, 2019 December 3, 2020
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The Financial Services Regulatory Authority is giving late-filing pension plans a “one-time” opportunity to avoid administrative monetary penalties. The “safe harbour,” which applies to any outstanding filings under the Pension Benefits Act, expires on Oct. 31. “Rather than have people concerned about flagging non-compliance with late filings, the FSRA has offered this amnesty of sorts,” […]

  • October 8, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 09:45

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a strict examination of the language of an incentive plan is the key to determining whether a terminated employee is entitled to damages for a lost opportunity to earn incentive plan compensation during the reasonable notice period. “If there’s something in the language that clearly entitles the […]

  • September 30, 2019 December 3, 2020
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