Highlights of the 2024 Federal Budget and Budget Bill

On May 2, 2024, the federal government introduced Bill C-69, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 16, 2024, for first reading. Bill C-69 contains legislation that, if passed, would enact certain measures outlined in the 2024 Budget, “Fairness for Every Generation” (Budget) that was previously tabled on…

Ontario Introduces Working for Workers Five Act, 2024

On May 6, 2024, the Ontario government introduced the Working for Workers Five Act, 2024 (Bill 190). Bill 190 proposes amendments to various employment-related statutes, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Some of these proposed amendments were discussed in our FTR Now of…

The College of Nurses of Ontario Seeks Feedback on Proposed Amendments to the Educational Requirements for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) has announced a public consultation on proposed amendments to O. Reg. 275/94 under the Nursing Act, 1991 that would amend the educational requirements for registration as a registered nurse (RN) or registered practical nurse (RPN). These proposed amendments were developed based on feedback received during an initial public…

Important Amendments Made to the Temporary Help Agency and Recruiter Licensing Framework in Ontario

On July 1, 2023, a new licensing regime was introduced under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 for any temporary help agency (THA) or recruiter operating in Ontario. Of significant concern to many recruiters and THAs was the requirement to provide a $25,000 irrevocable line of credit in order to be licensed. While the new regime…

Ontario Proposes Changes to Sick Leave Under the Employment Standards Act, 2000

The Ontario government has announced it is proposing changes that would restrict an employer from requiring a medical note to substantiate an unpaid sick leave day under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). Currently, an employee who has been employed for at least two consecutive weeks is entitled to up to three days of unpaid…

WSIB Claims Management: Effective Approaches For Better Outcomes

In this hands-on, interactive workshop, we will introduce tools for effective and proactive WSIB claims management. Attendees will participate in hypothetical WSIB claim scenarios to apply the tools and strategies they have learned. Attendees will also receive helpful templates that they can adapt for their workplace return-to-work programs, as well as other written tools to assist with effectively managing their claims. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions of our experienced WSIB practitioners.

Highlights of the 2024 Ontario Budget

On March 26, 2024, the Ontario government tabled its 2024 budget, “Building a Better Ontario” (Budget) and Bill 180, Building a Better Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2024 (Bill 180). In this FTR Now, we highlight information contained in the Budget and Bill 180 that is of broad interest to employers, human resources professionals and pension…

Ontario Seeking Comments on Proposed Regulations Under the Connecting Care Act, 2019

On March 28, 2024, the Ontario government posted Proposed New Regulations and Amendments to Regulations under the Connecting Care Act, 2019 and other Acts for comment from stakeholders. The proposed regulations would support changes to the Connecting Care Act, 2019 (CCA) as amended by the Convenient Care at Home Act, 2023, which have not yet…