Ontario Seeks Input Regarding the Establishment of Minimum Standards for School Board Trustee Codes of Conduct

On September 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it is seeking input from stakeholders and members of the public regarding the establishment of “minimum standards” for school board trustee codes of conduct. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2021. Section 218.2(1) of Ontario’s Education Act currently provides that a school board “may adopt…

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.

Update on Immunization Disclosure Policy for School Boards

On August 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that COVID-19 vaccination policies will be made mandatory in certain settings including, but not limited to, publicly funded school boards, private schools and licensed child care settings for the 2021-22 school year. On August 18, 2021, the Minister of Education outlined further details of this initiative in…

Ontario to Implement Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Hospitals, Schools, Post-Secondary Institutions, and More

On August 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it is making COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory for certain high-risk settings, which include hospitals, schools and post-secondary institutions, among others. The government also announced: it is pausing the exit from Step 3 into the Roadmap Exit Step, in light of concerns regarding the transmission of COVID-19…

Workplace Investigation Training Workshop

The session will include instructional components, video demonstrations and discussion regarding strategies to deal with issues that can arise when conducting investigations. Attendees at this session will receive a detailed digital manual entitled, “Hicks Morley’s Guide to Conducting Investigations into Workplace Complaints.”

Ontario Releases COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Schools

On August 3, 2021, the Ministry of Education (MOE) released its COVID-19: Health, Safety and Operational Guidance for Schools (2021-2022) (Direction), which is its plan for return to school in September. The Direction was approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the purpose of regulations made under the Reopening Ontario…

Ontario Moves to Step 3 of Reopening Plan

Effective July 16, 2021, all public health units in Ontario will be permitted to move to Step 3 of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. This move comes ahead of schedule and is the result of improvements to key health indicators including decreasing COVID-19 case rates and high rates of vaccination. Once this occurs, all public…