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Bill 148 and Pay Equity: A Changing Landscape and Increasing Scrutiny of Ontario Employers

As part of the 30th anniversary of the Pay Equity Act (Act), the Pay Equity Office has implemented several new initiatives in 2017 in support of its mandate to administer and enforce the Act. These initiatives, coupled with pending legislative changes under Bill 148, present significant changes and potential risks to employers across the province.

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Addressing the Retirement System “Gap”: PRPPs Now Available in Ontario

In 2012, the federal government introduced a new type of tax-preferential workplace pension plan, the Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP). Ontario is one of six Canadian provinces to have incorporated PRPP legislation into its existing provincial retirement framework, through the implementation of legislation last Fall. In this FTR Now, we explain the key features of…

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HRTO Decision Clarifies Family Status Accommodation Test and Finds Reasonable Investigation Conducted

In Ananda v. Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, a recent decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (Tribunal), the Tribunal confirmed its approach to assessing claims of family status discrimination (in this case, involving eldercare) and described some of the features of a picture-perfect human rights investigation…

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Bill 148: Public Hearing Dates Announced

On June 22, 2017, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Committee) met to adopt procedural recommendations from its subcommittee with respect to the public hearings for Bill 148. Employers wishing to participate in these hearings should take note of the following information…

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Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Termination of Disabled Employee Not a Breach of Human Rights

In Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp., the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a decision of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal (Tribunal) which concluded that an employee who had a cocaine addiction was not dismissed because of that addiction; rather, he was dismissed for breaching his employer’s Alcohol, Illegal Drugs & Medical Policy (Policy)…

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Releases New Inquiry Report on Post-Secondary Student Mental Health Accommodations

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (Commission) has released an Inquiry Report regarding its inquiry into the systemic barriers facing post-secondary students with mental health disabilities entitled “With Learning in Mind.” Find out more about the Commission’s initiative and its impact on Colleges and Universities in this FTR Now…

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Executive Compensation for Ontario BPS Organizations – A Summary of Recent Changes

On June 8 and 9, 2017, the Ontario government made a series of significant changes to the BPSECA Executive Compensation Framework. The changes include amendments to the content required of compensation programs, the timing of the development of those programs, and the process organizations must follow to implement their compensation programs…

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Ontario Government Amends Executive Compensation Regulation

On June 8, 2017, the Ontario government filed O. Reg. 187/17 which amends the “Executive Compensation Framework” regulation (O. Reg. 304/16) made under the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014 (BPSECA). On June 9th the government issued a new Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Program Directive and amended the existing Broader Public Sector Executive…

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CASL Update – Coming into Force of Private Right of Action Delayed

This is to provide an update on significant developments relating to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) in light of a government decision to delay changes anticipated to come into effect on July 1, 2017 and to review the much-maligned enactment. Introduction of Private Right of Action Delayed The federal government issued an Order in Council yesterday…