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WSIB Finalizes Operational Policy on Chronic Mental Stress

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2294″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]When the Ontario government passed Bill 127, the Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (“Bill 127”) in May 2017, it introduced significant amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (the “WSIA”),

Additional Public Hearings on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2893″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (the “Committee”) announced today that it will be holding public hearings on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, in Toronto on Monday, October 30, 2017; Tuesday, October 31, 2017; and Thursday, November 2, 2017. Those interested in making oral presentations to […]

Ontario Government Launches Consultation on ESA Exemptions and LRA Exclusion

On October 18, 2017, the Ontario government launched a public consultation seeking submissions from stakeholders and from the public on certain exemptions under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) and on the exclusion of domestic workers from the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (the “LRA”). The consultation was prompted by the Final Report of the […]

BILL 148 REFERRED BACK TO COMMITTEE

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2893″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, as amended by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (the “Committee”), passed Second Reading on October 18, 2017. The Bill was referred back to the Committee for further review and consideration, after which it will be reported back to the […]

THEY HAVE IT ON TAPE: EMPLOYEES RECORDING WORKPLACE CONVERSATIONS

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2361″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Under the Criminal Code, it is illegal to intercept a private conversation, which includes recording a conversation. However, there are several exceptions to this law.

WSIB EXTENDS CONSULTATION ON NEW RATE FRAMEWORK

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2827″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]On September 6, we wrote about the WSIB’s new Rate Framework (read about it here). The public consultation on the draft policies, which was originally scheduled to end tomorrow, October 13, has been extended to December 5, 2017. During the consultation, the WSIB invites stakeholders to make submissions on the seven draft […]

MINIMUM WAGE TO INCREASE ON OCTOBER 1

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2658″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Ontario’s minimum wage will increase with inflation from $11.40 per hour to $11.60 per hour on Sunday, October 1, as scheduled.

To Disclose or Not to Disclose: Privilege in Workplace Investigations

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1868″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Workplace investigations are key in many areas of human resources law. Employers may conduct workplace investigation because they have a legal obligation to do so, because they have committed to do so in their own workplace policies, because conducting a workplace investigation may help mitigate risk, or for any combination of […]

Advocate Daily: Crackdown on employee misclassification problematic for some firms

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2190″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Crackdown on employee misclassification problematic for some firms  Proposed employment law changes recently introduced by the Ontario government should give organizations that use the services of contract employees cause for concern… Read more This blog is provided as information and a summary of workplace legal issues. This information is not intended as […]

ARE EMPLOYERS RESPONSIBLE TO EMPLOYEES FOR WORKPLACE HARASSMENT BY FELLOW EMPLOYEES OR MANAGERS?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1999″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Over the last year, much attention has been paid to the September 2016 Bill 132 amendments to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) and the obligations they place on employers with regards to workplace harassment.