Ontario Declares Emergency, Issues Stay-at-Home Order

On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government declared a second emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) in light of the surging COVID-19 cases in Ontario. The emergency declaration took effect immediately. At the same time, the government announced that it would be issuing a range of other orders to enhance the…

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency

On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government declared a second provincial emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) to address the concerning rise in COVID-19 cases, and also announced it is issuing a stay at home order. The government’s announcement outlined the changes that it will be implementing, which are summarized in…

Temporary Relief from ESA Termination and Severance Pay Obligations for Hospitality and Related Industries

On December 17, 2020, the Ontario government filed a new regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), Ontario Regulation 764/20: Terms And Conditions Of Employment In Defined Industries – Hospitality, Tourism And Convention And Trade Show Industries (Regulation). As stated by the government, the Regulation provides certain employers with an alternative to putting termination…

New Administrative Monetary Penalties under Canada Labour Code Coming into Force on January 1, 2021

On January 1, 2021, the new Part IV “Administrative Monetary Penalties” of the Canada Labour Code (Code) will come into force, together with other amendments to the Code. Part IV Administrative Monetary Penalties Part IV was enacted by Bill C-44, Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1. Among other things, Part IV: establishes a penalty system…

Federal Government Publishes Guideline on Incoming Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Obligations

On November 30, 2020, the federal government published Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention (HVP), an Interpretations, Policy, Guidelines document (IPG Document) to address some questions relating to the incoming harassment and violence provisions of the Canada Labour Code (Code) and its supporting Regulation, which are set to come into force on January 1, 2021….

Modernizing Canada’s Privacy Laws: What Employers Need to Know About Bill C-11

On November 17, 2020, the federal government introduced Bill C-11, An Act to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts.

Ontario Places Toronto and Peel Region into Lockdown, Changes Made to Other Regions

On November 20, 2020 the Ontario government announced that it will be moving certain regions of the province to new levels of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework (Framework). This included moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region to the Grey Zone – Lockdown of the Framework, effective earlier today, November 23 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions will be in effect for at least 28 days.

Note Extended Deadline for Filing AODA Compliance Report, and More

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) sets out the process for developing and enforcing accessibility standards in Ontario. Its purpose is to achieve accessibility standards for Ontarians with physical and mental disabilities by 2025. All levels of government, private sector organizations and non-profit organizations must comply with this legislation.