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Human Resources Legislative Update

On October 15, 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated its website page EI information for employers – COVID-19 with respect to Block 16 – Reasons for issuing this ROE (record of employment). Block 16 is used to indicate the reason for the employee’s leave or separation from employment, or why the ROE is…

Case In Point

The Ontario Court of Appeal has found that an employer had cause to terminate the employment of a senior employee who had sexually harassed a co-worker and refused to take the remedial steps required by the employer. It reversed a lower court decision which found that the employee had been wrongfully dismissed and awarded 20…

Case In Point

In Manitoba Federation of Labour et al v The Government of Manitoba, the Manitoba Court of Appeal upheld the province’s public sector wage restraint legislation that had previously been ruled unconstitutional. The Court based its decision on the fact that the impugned legislation was broad-based and time-limited, and that it preserved a process of consultation…

FTR Now

On October 7, 2021, the Ontario government released draft amendments to Ontario Regulation 909 under the Pensions Benefits Act, which will eliminate certain prescribed requirements for administrators of Defined Contribution (DC) pension plans. In this FTR Now, we highlight the key details of these proposed changes that will be of significant interest to administrators of…

HR HealthCheck

On October 1, 2021, the Minister of Long-Term Care issued an updated Long-term care home COVID-19 immunization policy directive (Directive). The Directive sets out COVID-19 vaccination requirements for staff, support workers, student placements and volunteers (Covered Individuals) working in long-term care homes and applies regardless of the frequency or duration of their attendance at the…

FTR Now

On October 6, 2021, the federal government announced that as of October 30, 2021, all travellers departing from Canadian airports, travelling on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains or travelling on non-essential marine passenger vessels must be fully vaccinated. The government also announced that, effective October 30, the federally regulated transportation sector will be required…

FTR Now

On September 21, 2021, the Ontario Divisional Court issued Ontario Nurses’ Association v. 10 Community Care Access Centres, an important decision on pay equity maintenance. The Court confirmed that a union, in the context of seeking a joint process with an employer to maintain pay equity, does not have a right to negotiate the maintenance…

HR HealthCheck

In Ontario Nurses’ Assn. v. Chief Medical Officer of Health (Ontario), the Ontario Divisional Court upheld Directives #1 and #5 (Directives) of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) as reasonable and consistent with the precautionary principle. The Court dismissed an application brought by the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), and others, to amend or quash…

Case In Point

In Andrew Scott v. Community Living Temiskaming South, 2021 ONSC 5402, Justice Koke confirmed the importance of bringing employment-related legal claims to the right forum and confirmed that, in the context of claims for constructive dismissal, remaining with your employer to mitigate your damages will not extend the two year limitations period for commencing an…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On September 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it is seeking input from stakeholders and members of the public regarding the establishment of “minimum standards” for school board trustee codes of conduct. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2021. Section 218.2(1) of Ontario’s Education Act currently provides that a school board “may adopt…