Failing to accommodate guide dogs or service animals is potentially a failure to accommodate a disability. There may also be competing rights or obligations to consider when such situations arise in your organization. In this video, Elizabeth Winter takes us through the law regarding service animals – an important area of human rights law – with a focus on best practices for identifying a service animal and your organization’s responsibility to accommodate staff and clients.
Ontario Government Tables Legislation Impacting Bargaining and Interest Arbitration in the Fire SectorBy: Julia M. Nanos, John W. Saunders, Mark H. Mason, Craig S. Rix
On November 15, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 57, Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018 (Bill 57), omnibus legislation giving effect to initiatives found in its 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review. If passed, Schedule 18 of Bill 57 will amend the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA) to, among other things, address collective bargaining and interest arbitration in the sector, and enhance protections for volunteer firefighters engaged in “two hatting.”
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?
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With the legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018, employers across Canada have a lot to think about regarding the impact of cannabis on the workplace. In this video, Sukhvinder Dulay takes us through the issues employers need to consider regarding cannabis coverage under health and benefits plans.Watch Video
The Outlook is More Change: Ontario Proposes Significant Reforms to Pension and Employment-Related StatutesBy: Natasha D. Monkman, Alyson M. Frankie, Paul A. Migicovsky, Paul E. Broad, Tierney Read Grieve
The Ontario government’s Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review (Fiscal Review) and supporting omnibus legislation, Bill 57, the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018 (Bill 57), propose a number of significant reforms and initiatives to pension, benefit, tax and employment-related legislation that will impact your workplace and pension plan administration. Bill 57 also contains proposals related specifically to fire services, which were outlined in our prior communication, Ontario Government Tables Legislation Impacting Bargaining and Interest Arbitration in the Fire Sector.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently considered the obligations of departing employees to their former employers with respect to fiduciary duty, confidential information and solicitation of former customers. In OIBC v. KO, Ms. Ko had worked with Overseas Insurance Brokers Corporation (OIBC or Plaintiff) for 23 years as an insurance broker. She gave her…
Congratulations to Jeffrey Goodman who has been recognized among the 10 Canadians selected by Who’s Who Legal in its inaugural international guide for Thought Leaders in Labour & Employment law for 2019! The Thought Leaders guide highlights individual lawyers who receive the highest number of nominations throughout the latest research cycle.
Natasha Monkman Mentioned in Benefits and Pensions Monitor on Plan Administrators and the Power of Attorney
Hicks Morley’s Natasha Monkman presented at the at the 2018 CPBI Ontario Regional Conference that took place on October 19, 2018. Natasha’s presentation, titled, “All About Administration: Dealing with Aging Employees and Estates” was featured in the Benefits and Pensions Monitor daily news alert on October 22, 2018.
Jodi Gallagher Quoted in the Law Times on the Possible Reversal of Bill 148 and Related Labour Law Changes
Hicks Morley’s Jodi Gallagher Healy was quoted by the Law Times in the October 15, 2018 article titled “Labour law changes to impact lawyers, clients.” The article explores how Ontario’s government plans to review and possibly reverse the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, also known as Bill 148.