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…

Federal Government Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Travellers and Federal Sector Employees

On October 6, 2021, the federal government announced that as of October 30, 2021, all travellers departing from Canadian airports, travelling on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains or travelling on non-essential marine passenger vessels must be fully vaccinated. The government also announced that, effective October 30, the federally regulated transportation sector will be required…

Check-in on the Impact of COVID-19 on Wrongful Dismissal Litigation

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a broad-ranging impact on employment law since March 2020. Now that we are 18 months into the pandemic, employers may find it helpful to have a check-in on how Canadian courts have, to date, considered the impact of the pandemic on wrongful dismissal claims arising from layoffs and terminations during…

Fatimah Khan

Fatimah provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of labour and employment issues. Having completed graduate studies in industrial relations and human resources, Fatimah is uniquely positioned to understand clients’ concerns related to strategic human resources management, labour relations practices and global economic trends.

Ontario Announces Further Extension of Temporary Relief from ESA Termination and Severance Provisions

Effective September 16, 2021, the Ontario government has extended the temporary relief measures from the termination and severance provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) until January 1, 2022. The temporary measures are found in Ontario Regulation 228/20, Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL Regulation), which has been amended to define the “COVID-19 period” as…

Victoria McCorkindale

Victoria is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She provides advice and representation to employers in both the private and public sectors on a range of labour, employment and human rights issues including wrongful dismissal actions, employment standards, labour disputes and grievance arbitrations. Victoria obtained her Juris Doctor from Western University,…

Shauna Bartlett

Shauna Bartlett provides advice and representation to employers and management in both the public and private sectors on a wide range of labour, employment and human rights issues arising from the workplace. This includes wrongful dismissal actions, collective bargaining, labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, occupational health and safety, human rights and accommodation and employment standards.

Kayley C. Leon

Kayley Leon provides advice to employers in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of labour and employment issues. Kayley’s experiences and licensure in the United States have positioned her to assist U.S. employers in navigating the Canadian regulatory landscape.

Further Details Released on Ontario’s Requirement for Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

On September 1, 2021, the Ontario government announced that in order to access certain public settings, patrons would be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. On September 14, 2021, it filed a regulation to give effect to these requirements. The new proof of vaccination requirements will begin to apply on September 22,…