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Human Resources Legislative Update

Recent amendments to the federal Pay Equity Act (PEA) regulations establish a framework for the imposition of administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) for violations of the PEA. This is a significant development that may result in an employer being penalized if it fails to comply with its obligations, including the requirement to establish a pay equity…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On March 21, 2024, Ontario’s Bill 149, Working for Workers Four Act, 2024 (Bill 149) received Royal Assent. Our FTR Now of that date provided an overview of this legislation. A number of the amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) contained in Bill 149 take effect June 21, 2024 and are outlined below. Effective June 21, 2024:…

Human Resources Legislative Update

In May 2024, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario released Sharing Information in Situations Involving Intimate Partner Violence: Guidance for Professionals (the Guidance). The Guidance was developed as a result of a 2022 coroner’s inquest into three deaths caused by intimate partner violence (IPV). The Guidance is helpful for organizations, service providers and staff…

Human Resources Legislative Update

As discussed in our March 11, 2024 Human Resources Legislative Update, federally regulated employers are required to post their final pay equity plans and notices of pay increases by September 3, 2024. An employer may file a request for authorization to extend this posting deadline, and guidance documents related to this authorization process are available…

Human Resources Legislative Update

Ontario Budget Bill Receives Royal Assent

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As discussed in our April 3, 2024 FTR Now, on March 26, 2024, the Ontario government tabled its 2024 Budget and introduced Bill 180, Building a Better Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2024 (Bill 180). Bill 180 received Royal Assent on May 16, 2024. Employers, human resources professionals and pension plan administrators should be aware of…

Human Resources Legislative Update

As discussed in our February 28, 2024 FTR Now, on February 26, 2024 the Ontario government introduced Bill 166, Strengthening Accountability and Student Supports Act, 2024 (Bill 166). Bill 166 received Royal Assent on May 16, 2024. Policy Requirements Bill 166 amends the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act (Act) to require every college…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On May 13, 2024, the Ontario government tabled Bill 194, Strengthening Cyber Security and Building Trust in the Public Sector Act, 2024 (Bill 194). If passed, Schedule 1 of Bill 194 would enact the Enhancing Digital Security and Trust Act, 2024. Amendments would also be made to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy…

Human Resources Legislative Update

The Ontario government is inviting comments on proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) found in Bill 190, Working for Workers Five Act, 2024 (Bill 190). We discussed Bill 190 in our FTR Now of May 7, 2024 Ontario Introduces Working for Workers Five Act,…

Human Resources Legislative Update

The federal government has announced a “Consultation on the Employment Equity Act Modernization” (Consultation) further to the final report (Final Report) tabled by the Employment Equity Act Review Task Force in December 2023. At the time the Final Report was tabled, the Minister of Labour announced the government’s initial commitments to modernize the Employment Equity…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On May 3, 2024, the Ontario government announced it will table legislation that, if passed, would amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to increase fines for ESA violations and impose obligations on larger employers with respect to their publicly advertised job postings. Increased Fines Amendments to the ESA would increase the maximum fine for…