Reminder: Employers to Have Disconnecting from Work Policies in Place by June 2, 2022

As we noted previously, the Ontario government has passed Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021. Among other things, Bill 27 amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to require employers with 25 or more employees to have a written policy with respect to disconnecting from work, as defined. (For more information about Bill 27,…

OSFI Introduces New Filing Procedure for Certain Applications Submitted by Pension Plan Administrators

On May 2, 2022, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued a notice regarding new instruction guides that will be of interest to administrators of pension plans registered under the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985. As the notice explains, administrators filing certain applications requiring the Superintendent’s approval will now need to do…

Ontario Introduces Firefighter Certification Standards

On April 14, 2022, the Ontario government filed O. Reg. 343/22: Firefighter Certification, under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997. The regulation comes into force on July 1, 2022. The regulation sets out the mandatory minimum certification standards and corresponding job performance requirements of firefighters delivering specific fire protection services, together with a compliance…

Bill 88 Referred to Committee with Public Hearings to be Held on March 28 and 29: Note Quick Deadline for Request to Make Submissions

On March 23, 2022, Bill 88, Working for Workers Act, 2022, was carried on division at Second Reading and referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. The Committee will be holding public hearings on the Bill in Toronto on Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29, 2022. For those parties who wish to be…

CHRT Seeks Feedback on Draft Rules and Forms Regarding Pay Equity

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has published and is seeking comments on its Draft Rules Respecting Pay Equity and accompanying draft forms. Comments are due by May 10, 2022. Background On August 31, 2021, the federal government proclaimed in force the Pay Equity Act (Act) and related regulations. The Act applies to federally regulated…

Ontario to Introduce Legislation Requiring Employers to Disclose Information Regarding Electronic Monitoring of Employees

On February 24, 2022, the Ontario government announced its plan to introduce legislation later this month that would require employers to inform their workers if and how they are being monitored electronically. If passed, Ontario will be the first province to require electronic monitoring policies. As the government states, the intention of this legislation is…

Ontario Seeking Input on Proposed Firefighter Certification Standards

On January 28, 2022, the Ontario government released a draft regulation under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997. As the government states, the regulation would establish mandatory minimum certification standards for specific fire protection services.  The regulation sets out the mandatory minimum standard and corresponding job performance requirements of firefighters delivering specific fire protection…

Ontario Releases Recommendations on the “Future of Work”

On December 9, 2021, the Ontario government released The Future of Work in Ontario, a report from the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee that includes 21 recommendations on the future of work in the province. The recommendations focus on three key areas: economic recovery, strengthening the province’s competitive position and supporting workers. As we reported…

Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, Receives Royal Assent

On December 2, 2021, Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021, received Royal Assent. We reviewed Bill 27 in detail in our FTR Now of October 26, 2021, Ontario Proposes Significant Changes to ESA and Other Employment-Related Legislation, as well as our FTR Now of December 1, 2021, Ontario Passes Bill 27, Working for Workers…

Federal Government Tables Bill to Provide 10 Days Paid Sick Leave and to Protect Healthcare Workers From Intimidation

On November 26, 2021, the federal government tabled Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Labour Code. Amendments to the Canada Labour Code If passed, Bill C-3 would amend the Canada Labour Code (Code) to provide employees in federally regulated industries with up to 10 days of paid medical leave….