Federal Ministry of Labour Launches Task Force to Review Employment Equity Act

On July 14, 2021, the federal Minister of Labour announced that it has launched a Task Force with the purpose of “making concrete, independent and evidence-based recommendations to the Minister of Labour on how to modernize” the Employment Equity Act (Act). The Task Force is looking into issues surrounding employment equity and inclusion in federally…

New Rules of Procedure for the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

On June 23, 2021, the federal government published Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Rules of Procedure, 2021 (Rules), following a public consultation in 2020 on the proposed rules (see our prior post). As stated in the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement to the Rules, most of the rules in place at the Tribunal remain the same. The…

Federal Budget 2021 Tabled

On April 19, 2021, the federal government tabled its Budget 2021, “A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth and Resilience”. We are currently reviewing the Budget and an FTR Now detailing initiatives of interest to employers, human resources professionals and pension plan administrators will be available in the coming days.

Federal Government Consults on Gig Economy and Right to Disconnect

On March 18, 2021, the federal government announced that it has launched a consultation for Canadians to share their views on the following issues in federally regulated workplaces: “gig work” (a.k.a work “where workers enter into short-term contracts to complete specific and often one-off tasks, generally through digital platforms”) a “right to disconnect,” for example,…

Supreme Court of Canada Denies Leave to Appeal in Case Where Termination Clause in Employment Contract Found to be Unenforceable

On March 18, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application for leave to appeal from a decision of the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, Abrams v. RTO Asset Management. In that case, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal (Court) held an employer could not assert that dismissal was for cause where the employer’s…

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Principle of Good Faith in Contracts

On February 5, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision Wastech Services Ltd. v. Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, in which it commented on and clarified the principle of good faith in contracts, a principle previously recognized by the Court in Bhasin v. Hrynew.   Background The case involved a contract between…

Federal Government Announces Temporary Waiver of EI Waiting Period

On January 29, 2021, the federal government announced that it will be amending the Employment Insurance (EI) regulations to temporarily waive the one-week waiting period for EI claimants who establish a new claim between January 31, 2021 and September 25, 2021. This change is in response to the ongoing restrictions on businesses arising out of…

Proposed Legislation to Ensure International Travellers Will Not Be Eligible for Recovery Benefits During Mandatory Quarantine Period

On January 11, 2021, the federal government announced that it will be proposing legislation to ensure international travellers returning to Canada will not be eligible to receive any of the recovery benefits – the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) – for their mandatory…

Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown

On December 21, 2020, the Ontario government announced a provincewide shutdown, effective Saturday December 26, 2020. As of that date, all parts of the province will be moved into the Grey Zone and will be subject to modified Rules for Areas in Stage 1 (Stage 1 Rules). Because different areas of the province are under…