Recent legislative changes in Ontario will have a significant impact on school boards. First, school boards will now be required to adopt a code of conduct that applies to trustees. Second, as of January 1, 2018, entitlement to benefits for chronic mental stress is compensable under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. In addition…
Featured InsightNatasha D. Monkman, Alyson M. Frankie
Pension plans that meet the definition of specified Ontario multi-employer pension plans (SOMEPPs) are one step closer to having the option to convert accrued defined benefits (DB) to target benefits (TB) – and one step closer to a permanent exemption from solvency funding. If your organization participates in a SOMEPP, find out what this could mean for your organization in this FTR Now.
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Melissa Roth is a lawyer at Hicks Morley’s Waterloo office. She represents employers before the courts and administrative tribunals, and regularly advises them on a wide range of issues including human rights, wrongful dismissals, employment contracts, grievance arbitrations, collective agreement negotiations, policy development, workplace investigations, occupational health and safety, and day to day human resources issues.View All Lawyers
Recent reforms enacted by Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, are reshaping the employment and labour law landscape in Ontario, and creating substantial new compliance obligations – and potential risks – for School Boards and other employers.
While Canada and the United States are alike in many respects, there are a few key differences in privacy law that U.S. organizations should be aware of if you are considering buying, selling or operating a business in Canada.
On April 17, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 53, the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018, legislation that would, if passed, permit minimum pay rates to be established for certain private sector construction sectors (roads; heavy engineering; sewers and water mains; and industrial, commercial and institutional), and building security or cleaning services in government owned…
Divisional Court Finds Breach of Sunset Clause Does Not Necessarily Render Employer Discipline Null and VoidBy: Michael A. Hines, Pamela M. Hillen
In a decision dated April 17, 2018, the Divisional Court has invited arbitrators to reject the so-called “void ab initio” doctrine that in the past has often resulted in discipline imposed by management being rendered null and void due to the breach of a sunset clause or other similar provisions. Learn more in this FTR Now.
The Law Times quoted Hicks Morley’s Ryan Plener in an April 16, 2018 article titled “Class actions on worker misclassification will continue.” The article explores how worker misclassification class actions are on the rise, according to the growing band of employment lawyers handling cases for plaintiffs. Citing a recent decision in the matter of Heller v. Uber Technologies Inc. where the Ontario Superior Court Justice stayed the action in favour of arbitration under a clause in the service agreement signed by all Uber drivers…
Hicks Morley Has the Largest Number of Lawyers Recognized in Canada by Who’s Who Legal: Management Labour & Employment 2018
Hicks Morley is proud to announce that we have the largest number of lawyers recognized in Canada by the Who’s Who Legal: Management Labour & Employment 2018 annual international compendium of lawyers from across 87 countries…
The Globe and Mail quoted Hicks Morley’s Jacqueline Luksha in a March 27, 2018 article titled “Cannabis concerns at work; Employers try to get ahead of legalization by making clear policies that put safety and respect for others first.”