On November 14, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill177, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, omnibus legislation which, if passed, would amend several employment-related statutes. In this FTR Now, we discuss the proposed changes to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Check Your Holiday Party List – And Check It Twice: Tips for Ensuring a Safe Seasonal Workplace EventBy: David W. Foster, Pamela M. Hillen
With winter fast approaching, many of us are preparing for seasonal and holiday celebrations. Whether large or small, it is important that employers take proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees who attend office parties or other celebrations. In this FTR Now, we are pleased to bring you our annual checklist of measures to consider implementing to help plan a safe holiday celebration for all.
This workshop focuses on essential investigation skills required by HR Professionals who are charged with investigating workplace incidents including: workplace harassment and violence complaints, discrimination and harassment complaints under the Human Rights Code, employee misconduct such as suspected sick leave abuse or time theft, and more!
Craig Rix is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. In 2017, Craig has been actively involved in helping guide firm clients through the Changing Workplaces Review and the resulting Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148). His practice is dedicated to a wide range of activities including collective bargaining negotiations, rights arbitration advocacy and strategic human resources planning in both the public and private sector.View All Lawyers
The pension industry is undergoing an unprecedented amount of change. In this video, Stephanie Kalinowski highlights some of the developments that are on the horizon, including a new solvency funding regime for defined benefit plans in Ontario, the introduction of administrative monetary penalties, a new regime for target benefit plans and an extended EI parental leave benefit.Watch Video
FTR Nexus: Setting up Shop in Canada? What U.S. Employers Need to Know about Canadian Employment Law
While Canada and the United States are alike in many respects, there are a few key differences in employment law that U.S. employers should be aware of if you are considering buying, selling or operating a business in Canada.Learn More
New legislation has been tabled that will, if passed, change the retirement framework in Ontario – and the rules around pension plan administration, governance and funding. The proposals outlined in Bill 177, Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, include permanent solvency funding measures, discharges for annuity purchases, a new registry for missing beneficiaries, multi-employer pension plans and target benefits changes and a host of other key amendments. Learn more about these important Bill 177 pension proposals and how they could impact your organization in this FTR Now.
On November 15, 2017, amendments to the Old Age Security Regulations (Regulations) were published in the Canada Gazette to: Phase in automatic enrollment for Guaranteed Supplemental Income (GIS) benefits, alongside enrollment for Old Age Security (OAS), by the 65th birthday of eligible individuals Revert the age of eligibility for OAS benefits to age 65 from…
FTR Now Written by Natasha Monkman, Jordan Fremont, Stephanie Kalinowski and Paul Migicovsky Mentioned in Benefits and Pensions Monitor on Next Wave of Pension Reform
An FTR Now written by Hicks Morley’s Natasha Monkman, Jordan Fremont, Stephanie Kalinowski and Paul Migicovskywas was mentioned in the November 21, 2017 Benefits and Pensions Monitor Daily News Alert. The alert summarizes the FTR Now titled “Ontario’s Next Wave of Pension Reform”, which discusses the new legislation that will, if passed, change the retirement framework in Ontario – and the rules around pension plan administration, governance and funding.
Does disability interfere with an organization’s right to terminate employment and employer-provided benefits? This is a question that commonly arises when it comes to employees who have been away from work and in receipt of long-term disability benefits for extended periods of time…
Stephanie Kalinowski Quoted in Benefits Canada on the Impact of Bill 177 on the Pension Benefits Act
Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski in a November 16, 2017 article titled “Ontario makes ‘significant step’ with new bill addressing missing members, discharges.” The article introduces the new Bill 177 – the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, and discusses the changes it will bring to the Pension Benefits Act (PBA).