Beyond COVID-19: 2021 Year in Review – Cases and Legislation of Note

Employers and human resource professionals will undoubtedly remember 2021 as another year shaped by the pandemic. But … there were also legal developments in 2021 that were not related to COVID-19. In this FTR Now, we look at some of the year’s notable “non-pandemic” cases and legislative developments of interest.

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…

Ontario Passes Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, As Amended at Committee

On November 30, 2021, the Ontario government passed Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021.

The Bill will amend a number of statutes, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997….

Federal Government Phasing Out COVID-19 Support Measures

On October 21, 2021, the federal government announced that two key pandemic programs, the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), would not be extended past October 23, 2021. It has proposed extending the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)—with narrowed criteria—to May 7, 2022. It also plans to introduce two new programs—The Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program and the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program—that would provide rent and wage subsidies, as well as lockdown support for a targeted set of businesses and organizations, until May 7, 2022, with the possibility of extension until July 2, 2022. The details of the two programs are set out in the Backgrounder, “Targeting COVID-19 Support Measures.”

Ontario Enhances Protections for Students Reporting Sexual Violence on Campus

As a new academic year commences, the Ontario government is taking additional steps to address sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. The government has filed O. Reg. 646/21 (Amending Regulation), which amends O. Reg. 131/16, Sexual Violence at Colleges and Universities, made under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, to include additional protections for…

Advantage CPD: Access Requests Under FIPPA – A Practical Guide For Colleges

FOI Coordinators responding to access requests need to balance a wide range of issues from clarifying requests and arranging reasonable searches to preparing fee estimates all within tight time frames. This program addresses a number of the strategic and practical considerations which go into responding to requesters under FIPPA.

Colleen Nevison

Colleen provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of labour and employment issues. With past experience in workplace psychology, Colleen is able to assist in creating a workplace that is productive, collaborative and supportive for employers and employees.

Jamie Burns

Jamie 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 wide range of labour, employment and human rights issues. Having held a management role prior to commencing law school, Jamie is uniquely positioned to assist employers and management in navigating various labour and employment issues.

Jordynne Hislop

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