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FTR Now

Employers and human resource professionals will undoubtedly remember 2021 as another year shaped by the pandemic. But … there were also legal developments in 2021 that were not related to COVID-19. In this FTR Now, we look at some of the year’s notable “non-pandemic” cases and legislative developments of interest.

FTR Now

On October 25, 2021, the Ontario government tabled Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021, omnibus legislation which, if passed, would make significant amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). These include requiring employers with 25 or more employees to have a policy on disconnecting from work, prohibiting employers and employees from entering into…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On September 3, 2021, the Ontario government filed O. Reg. 637/21 made under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The regulation sets out the process by which an overpayment made by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for paid infectious disease emergency leave (Paid IDEL) may be recovered from an employer. As we…

Case In Point

In Morningstar v. WSIAT (Morningstar), the Divisional Court partially overturned a decision of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) that had barred a constructive dismissal claim which was based on alleged workplace harassment from proceeding in Superior Court. The WSIAT had found that the claim fell within the entitlement for chronic mental stress…

Reaching Out

On August 30, 2021, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) issued two sets of instructions (Instructions) to certain Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) funded agencies, regarding the implementation of a mandatory vaccine policy. One set of Instructions applies specifically to Children’s Treatment Centres and certain third parties that provide contracted…

Human Resources Legislative Update

Ontario has launched a Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Surplus Distribution Model consultation on how and when the WSIB should distribute any surplus funds.  The Operational Review Report sets out 25 recommendations, one that proposes the government adopt a sufficiency ratio between 115% and 125% for the WSIB fund. At 115% sufficiency, the WSIB…

Case In Point

In a recent decision, Eynon v. Simplicity Air Ltd., the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a punitive damages award of $150,000 against an employer for the actions of two of its supervisors after an employee’s workplace injury. The appeal to the Court of Appeal was from a jury award of punitive damages. The respondent employee…

FTR Now

On April 29, 2021, the Ontario government tabled and passed Bill 284, COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021 (Bill). The Bill amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to provide eligible employees with up to three days of paid emergency leave in circumstances of absences relating to a designated infectious disease (Paid IDEL). As readers…

Human Resources Legislative Update

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recently clarified its position with respect to the coverage of claims for COVID-19 vaccine reactions. Specifically, the WSIB FAQ section was updated with respect to employers’ reporting obligations regarding adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines as well as the impact of costs associated with COVID-19 vaccination claims. The recent…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On April 14, 2021, Bill 238, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act, 2021, received Royal Assent and came into force. Bill 238 amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) to add a calculation rate for the 2021 calendar year (or such later date as prescribed by regulation) for the Workplace Safety and Insurance…