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In a decision dated November 29, 2022, Justice Koehnen of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 (the Act or Bill 124) substantially interfered with the applicant unions’ section 2(d) freedom of association rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms…

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Court Finds Bill 124 to Be Unconstitutional

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On November 29, 2022, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice rendered its decision in Ontario English Catholic Teachers Assoc. v. His Majesty. The Court found that the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 (commonly referred to as Bill 124) is contrary to section 2(d) (freedom of association) of the Canadian Charter…

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The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released its reasons in National Organized Workers Union v. Sinai Health System. The Court dismissed the appeal brought by the National Organized Workers Union (Union) of an Ontario Superior Court decision which refused to stay the implementation of the workplace COVID-19 vaccination policy (Policy) of Sinai Health System (Sinai…

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The Ontario government has taken the next step in the development of a licensing framework for temporary help agencies (THAs) and recruiters operating in the province. On November 21, 2022, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (Ministry) announced a public consultation process with respect to the development of supporting regulations for the…

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Enjoying a Safe Holiday Party in COVID Times   

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The holiday season is a time for people to come together and celebrate. As COVID-19 circumstances evolve, many employers are intending to return to in-person workplace celebrations for the first time since December 2019. All employers, regardless of size, should ensure that in addition to traditional party logistics, they take the time to develop a…

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On October 27, 2022, the Ontario government tabled Bill 26, Strengthening Post-secondary Institutions and Students Act, 2022. If passed, Bill 26 would amend the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act and the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to provide measures for post-secondary institutions to address faculty and staff sexual abuse towards students. Amendments to…

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The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (Tribunal) has determined that it has concurrent jurisdiction to decide claims of discrimination and harassment falling within the scope of a collective agreement governed by the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Police Services Act (PSA). The decision addresses a significant question of law arising from the 2021 decision…

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Ontario-wide municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022, and voting hours will run from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Employers should be aware that under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (Act), all employees who are eligible to vote in the election are entitled to three consecutive hours during voting hours on election day to cast their…

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An Ontario labour arbitrator has upheld a grievance challenging the reduction of life insurance coverage for employees who die after having reached age 65, finding that the relevant provision of the insurance policy had not been incorporated into the collective agreement. In the same decision, the arbitrator dismissed two policy grievances challenging the termination of…

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On September 13, 2022, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that September 19, 2022, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral, will be designated a National Day of Mourning and a designated holiday for the public service of Canada (i.e. employees of the Government of Canada’s departments, agencies and other public bodies). The day…