Court Denies Injunction Motions and Allows Mandatory Vaccination Policies to be Implemented

The Ontario Superior Court has refused to stay the implementation of two mandatory workplace COVID-19 vaccination policies, pending the outcome of grievance arbitrations challenging the validity of those policies. On November 20, 2021, the Court rendered its decision in Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113 et al v. Toronto Transit Commission and National Organized Workers Union…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its pervasive impact on the world, employers are facing unique challenges on all fronts: health and safety, human rights and accommodation, privacy and data security, workplace safety and insurance, pensions and benefits. Hicks Morley has the expertise to guide employers through any pandemic-related labour and employment issues that may arise….

Ministry Issues Updated Directive for Vaccination Requirements in Long-Term Care Homes

On November 4, 2021, the Minister of Long-Term Care issued an updated Long-term care home COVID-19 immunization policy directive (Directive). The Directive is effective as of November 4, 2021 and replaces the previous version dated October 1, 2021, which we covered in our HR HealthCheck of October 13, 2021. Under the Directive, every licensee of…

Arbitrator Finds Mandatory Vaccination Policy to be Unreasonable

In this FTR Now, we review the arbitration award issued on November 11, 2021 by Arbitrator John Stout in Electrical Safety Authority and Power Workers’ Union, in which he assessed the reasonableness of an employer’s mandatory vaccination policy. In the specific context of the workplace, and its associated workplace dangers and hazards arising from COVID-19…

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Pension Plan Whistle-blowers

On November 4, 2021, the Ontario government introduced Bill 43, Build Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2021 (Bill 43) for first reading. Among other things, Bill 43 includes proposed amendments to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario Act, 2016 (FSRA Act) to include protections for whistle-blowers in the pension sector and the other sectors regulated…

Ontario Proposes Legislative Changes to the Long-Term Care Sector

On October 28, 2021, the Ontario government announced a substantial overhaul of the long-term care sector in Ontario, following on the report of the Long-Term Care Commission. On the same date, the government tabled Bill 37, Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021. If passed, Bill 37 would repeal the current…

Supreme Court of Canada Concludes Arbitrators Can Have Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Human Rights Claims

In Northern Regional Health Authority v. Horrocks, the Supreme Court of Canada held that the Manitoba Human Rights Commission (Commission) did not hold concurrent jurisdiction over a human rights dispute involving a unionized workplace. Rather, a labour arbitrator held exclusive jurisdiction over the dispute.     In this FTR Now, we provide a summary of Horrocks…

Ontario Proposes Significant Changes to ESA and Other Employment-Related Legislation

On October 25, 2021, the Ontario government tabled Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021, omnibus legislation which, if passed, would make significant amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). These include requiring employers with 25 or more employees to have a policy on disconnecting from work, prohibiting employers and employees from entering into…

Proposals to Ease Regulatory Burdens for Administrators of Defined Contribution Pension Plans

On October 7, 2021, the Ontario government released draft amendments to Ontario Regulation 909 under the Pensions Benefits Act, which will eliminate certain prescribed requirements for administrators of Defined Contribution (DC) pension plans. In this FTR Now, we highlight the key details of these proposed changes that will be of significant interest to administrators of…

Ministry Issues Directive for Vaccination Requirements in Long-Term Care Homes

On October 1, 2021, the Minister of Long-Term Care issued an updated Long-term care home COVID-19 immunization policy directive (Directive). The Directive sets out COVID-19 vaccination requirements for staff, support workers, student placements and volunteers (Covered Individuals) working in long-term care homes and applies regardless of the frequency or duration of their attendance at the…