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Bill 177 Introduces Transitional Provisions for WSIB Mental Stress, Increased Fines under OHSA

By: Jodi Gallagher Healy, David W. Foster, Hossein Moghtaderi

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.

Ontario’s Next Wave of Pension Reform

By: Natasha D. Monkman, Jordan N. Fremont, Stephanie J. Kalinowski, Paul A. Migicovsky

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.

Regulations Amending the Old Age Security Act Regulations Released

By: Sukhvinder K. Dulay

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…

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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.

Benefits Canada Publishes an Article by Jordan Fremont and Gabrielle Fortier-Cofsky on Disability

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).

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