Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Jordan Fremont in an October 10, 2017 article titled “Can the Feds Overcome Labour Opposition to Pass Target-Benefit Pension Bill?” The article outlines three common myths about target-benefit plans including the risk and uncertainty for employees and pensioners, to which Jordan notes, “the extent to which [defined benefits] are guaranteed ultimately depends on the wherewithal of the funds and, where the fund isn’t sufficient, the financial stability of the sponsor.”
Hicks Morley’s Thomas Agnew authored an article in Benefits Canada titled “Employers Given Mixed Messages on Termination in Employment Contracts.” Employment contracts often contain clauses limiting an employee’s entitlement upon termination to the minimum entitlements under the Employment Standards Act or any other amount the employer and employee have agreed to. However, if the clauses violate the act in any way, courts may not enforce them.
The October 2017 issue of the International Employment Law Update features an article by Hicks Morley’s Amanda Hunter, titled “Canada: Is This the End of the Flexible Workforce in Ontario?” This article explains the impact that Bill 148 will have on the use of casual and temporary employees, workers and independent contracts, if passed.
Chambers Canada 2018 has recognized three Hicks Morley lawyers as leading practitioners. Stephen Shamie and Henry Dinsdale were ranked in Labour and Employment, while Daniel Michaluk was ranked in Privacy and Data Security. Congratulations!
An FTR Now written by Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski, Natasha Monkman and Adrian Scotchmer was mentioned in the October 4, 2017 Benefits and Pensions Monitor Daily News Alert. The alert summarizes the FTR Now titled “AMPing up Enforcement: Ontario’s Pension Regulator Gets New Teeth”, which discusses the new administrative money penalty regime applicable to registered Pension Plans in Ontario.
Hicks Morley has been ranked in Chambers Canada 2018 in the areas of Employment & Labour and Pensions & Benefits. Sources praise the firm’s ability “to provide practical advice,” and note that its lawyers “take the time to appreciate our business.”
The Fall 2017 issue of OMHRA’s ECHO newsletter features two articles by Hicks Morley lawyers. Stephanie Jeronimo, Julia Nanos and Elizabeth Winter authored “Bill 148 Changes to the ESA – Are You Prepared?” which explores the key changes that Bill 148 – the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 will bring to employers…
Hicks Morley is pleased to announce that Ted Kovacs and Robert Atkinson (recently retired) have each been named Lawyer of the Year, 2018 by Best Lawyers® in Canada. Ted and Robert are recognized in the directory, based on peer recommendations, as leaders in the area of Labour and Employment Law for their respective regions of Kitchener-Waterloo area, including Hamilton, and London.
The Lawyer’s Daily quoted Hicks Morley’s Daniel Michaluk in a September 14, 2017 article titled “Ottawa releases proposed regulations on data breach notifications.” The article explores how private sector organizations following federal privacy law will have to provide breach notifications to customers and the privacy commissioner where it is reasonable to believe that the breach creates a “real risk of significant harm”.
Hicks Morley is pleased to announce the hiring of six new associates to our team. Working out of the firm’s Toronto office are Alisha Kassam, Ryan Plener, Brendan Scott, Jordan Simon, Jessica Toldo and Harriet Yiga.