On October 1, 2017, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase from $11.40 to $11.60 an hour. This minimum wage applies to most employees. Minimum wage rates for specified students, liquor servers, hunting and fishing guides and homeworkers will increase on the same date. Note that the Ontario government has tabled legislation to increase…
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On August 21, 2017, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Committee) adopted significant amendments to Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) which will be reported back to the Ontario Legislature when it resumes sitting on September 11, 2017...
There’s no such thing as “textbook” accommodation. Whether your employee has a challenging physical or mental disability that impacts their ability to do the job, childcare problems that interfere with their performance, faith-related obligations or is in the process of transitioning, how you respond to that individual’s request – or don’t – can mean significant liability for your organization. Are you prepared?
Jordan practices exclusively in the areas of pensions, benefits and executive compensation, and holds several leadership positions within related industry organizations, including as Chair of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute’s board of directors. His work has been recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2017) in the category of Pensions & Employee Benefits.View All Lawyers
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Earlier this year, the Ontario government announced proposed reforms to pension plan funding that will have a significant impact on employers and plan administrators with plans registered in Ontario. These changes are expected to be part of the government’s Fall agenda, and will be of particular interest to employers who provide single employer defined benefit (DB) pension plans or participate in multi-employer pension plans (MEPPs) in Ontario.
Further to O. Reg. 349/17 which amends O. Reg. 470/16 made under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, the new Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Rate Framework will be implemented on January 1, 2020, which is one year later than the initial targeted implementation date. As we previously reported, the Rate Framework will fundamentally change…
Hicks Morley is pleased to announce that Robert Atkinson and Ted Kovacs and Robert Atkinson (recently retired) have each been named Lawyer of the Year, 2018 by Best Lawyers® in Canada. Robert and Ted are recognized in the directory, based on peer recommendations, as leaders in the area of Labour and Employment Law for the regions of London and Kitchener-Waterloo area, including Hamilton, respectively…
Daniel Michaluk Quoted in The Lawyer’s Daily on Ottawa Releasing Proposed Regulations on Data Breach Notifications
The Lawyer’s Daily quoted Hicks Morley’s Daniel Michaluk in a September 14, 2017 article titled “Ottawa releases proposed regulations on data breach notifications.” The article explores how private sector organizations following federal privacy law will have to provide breach notifications to customers and the privacy commissioner where it is reasonable to believe that the breach creates a “real risk of significant harm”.
Hicks Morley is pleased to announce the hiring of six new associates to our team. Working out of the firm’s Toronto office are Alisha Kassam, Ryan Plener, Brendan Scott, Jordan Simon, Jessica Toldo and Harriet Yiga.