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Bill 175: Restructuring Policing in Ontario

The Ontario government has introduced a package of legislative measures intended to significantly restructure the way policing is governed in the province. The proposed legislation, Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act, 2017, will repeal and replace the existing Police Services Act (PSA) and introduce several new statutes designed to improve accountability, oversight and community safety. Learn more in this FTR Now.

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Colleges and Universities: Who is the Health Information Custodian under PHIPA?

This is a short note to our college and university clients – all of whom provide various services to their communities that are properly characterized as “health care” and therefore governed by the Personal Health Information Protection Act. Recent amendments to PHIPA give rise to questions about personal health information governance and the proper identity…

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The Road Ahead: Are You Prepared for Bill 148?

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Betters Jobs Act, 2017 is now in force, having received Royal Assent on November 27, 2017. With it comes substantial changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA), as well as changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). In this FTR Now, we have consolidated and summarized the information provided to clients previously in a series of updates that tracked the development of Bill 148…

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AODA Compliance: Are You Ready to File Your Report?

All organizations in Ontario employing at least one employee are required to comply with a series of requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) standards and regulations. For organizations with 20 or more employees, the next mandatory reporting deadline is December 31, 2017. Learn more about your pending and future AODA compliance obligations and our AODA Compliance Checklist for employers in this FTR Now.

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

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.

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Ontario’s Next Wave of Pension Reform

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.

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More Changes to Bill 148 after Second Committee Review

On November 16, 2017, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (the Committee) adopted significant amendments to Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148). These amendments are in addition to amendments the Committee made in August of this year after First Reading of Bill 148, and are expected to be adopted by the Legislature in the near future.

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Waiving the Biennial Statement Requirement for Missing Members: FSCO’s New Policy

On September 30, 2017, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) published a new policy outlining the procedures administrators must follow to obtain a waiver of the requirement to send biennial statements to missing former and retired members. Find out more in this FTR Now.

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Ontario Proposes Significant Reforms to the Pension Benefits Act and other Employment-Related Statutes

On November 14, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 177, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (Bill 177), omnibus legislation supporting key reforms outlined in the 2017 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review (Fiscal Review), which was also released on that date.