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Update on Personal Emergency Leave in the Municipal Sector

By: Amanda J. Hunter

The introduction of two paid personal emergency leave (PEL) days to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) has revived the debate about whether collective agreements or policies provide a Greater Right or Benefit (GROB), or alternatively, whether entitlements under the collective agreement or policies can be offset against the PEL entitlement. The first arbitration case since the paid entitlements were introduced (from Arbitrator Mitchnick) has brought an interesting twist to the debate.

Ontario Implements Anti-Racism Act Regulations

By: Jordan D. Simon

On April 20, 2018, the Ontario government filed regulations under the Anti-Racism Act, 2017 (ARA) setting out personal information that certain public sector organizations (PSOs) will be authorized or required to collect under the ARA for the purpose of eliminating systematic racism.

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Benefits Canada Publishes an Article by Thomas Agnew on Liability in Mass Terminations

Hicks Morley’s Thomas Agnew authored an article in Benefits Canada titled “Court Decision Warns Employers About Financial Liability in Mass Terminations.” Employers should proceed carefully when it comes to mass terminations. A recent court decision in Ontario found the employer’s failure to comply with the Employment Standards Act’s technical posting requirement for mass terminations meant that the notice of termination given prior to the date of the posting was void, exposing the company to potentially significant liability for that period.

Lauri Reesor Quoted in Benefits Canada on #MeToo in the Workplace

Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Lauri Ressor in a May 11, 2018 article titled “A Workplace Guide for the #MeToo Era.” With the #MeToo movement in full swing in recent months mostly focused on high-profile cases of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and the political sphere, Benefits Canada discusses what employers should be doing to respond to a new reality of zero tolerance for misbehaviour.

Natasha Monkman Quoted by the Financial Post on Nortel Pensioners Litigation

Hicks Morley’s Natasha Monkman was quoted by the Financial Post in an article titled “More waiting could be in store for Nortel pensioners.” The article discusses how a recent decision by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) to reclaim $200 million from monies allocated to pensioners in the Nortel Networks Corp. bankruptcy, and the related litigation, could…

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