Update on Federal Pay Equity Plan Posting Extension Requests

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…

Federal Government Consulting on Modernization of Employment Equity Act

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…

Supreme Court of Canada: Exclusion of Managers from Definition of “Employee” in Québec Labour Code Does Not Violate the Charter

On April 19, 2024, the Supreme Court rendered Société des casinos du Québec inc. v. Association des cadres de la Société des casinos du Québec in which it concluded that the exclusion of managers from the definition of “employee” in the Québec Labour Code (Code) does not violate the right to freedom of association found…

Federal Minimum Wage to Increase April 1, 2024

The federal government has announced that, effective April 1, 2024, the federal minimum wage will increase from $16.65 to $17.30 per hour. The increase applies to the federally regulated private sectors, including banks, postal and courier services, telecommunications, and interprovincial air, rail, road and marine transportation. The federal minimum wage is adjusted on an annual…

New Federal Online Harms Bill: Possible Implications for Federal Employers

The federal government tabled Bill C-63, the Online Harms Act (Bill C-63) on February 26, 2024. Bill C-63 aims to curb online harms, especially to children, by targeting the spread of harmful content on social media. If passed, key features would include the establishment of the Digital Safety Commission of Canada, the introduction of an…

Supreme Court of Canada Finds Individuals Have a Privacy Interest in Their IP Addresses

In R. v. Bykovets, released on March 1, 2024, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada (Court) found that individuals have a privacy interest in their internet protocol (IP) addresses. The issue arose in the context of the Court’s consideration as to whether police had breached section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights…

Federal Government Issues Guidelines on Monetary Penalties Under the Employment Equity Act

On February 13, 2024, Employment and Social Development Canada issued updated guidelines on the Employment Equity Act – Monetary Penalties – IPG-121 (Guidelines). The Guidelines apply to employers subject to the Legislated Employment Equity Program (LEEP) under the Employment Equity Act (Act). The LEEP applies to: The LEEP employers have reporting obligations under the Act….