Hicks Morley congratulates 53 of our lawyers for being recognized in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in the areas of Employment Law, Labour Relations, Labour Relations – Construction Sector, Occupational Health & Safety, Pension & Employment Benefits, Workers’ Compensation, and Workplace Human Rights. Toronto Martin J. Addario Labour Relations John-Paul Alexandrowicz Labour Relations David…

Hicks Morley has once again been recognized as a leading law firm in the Chambers Canada 2021 guide for Employment & Labour (Ontario and Nationwide) and Pensions & Benefits (Nationwide). The firm receives praise for being a “high-quality law firm” whose lawyers provide “very detailed, very thoughtful strategic advice on labour and employment law.”

Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski in a May 27, 2020 article titled “Employers Can’t Use SUB Plans to Top up Employees Laid off Due to Pandemic.” The article discusses how employers with registered supplemental unemployment benefit plans aren’t able to use them to top up laid-off employees who are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

An FTR Now published on May 5, 2020 written by Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski was mentioned in the May 8, 2020 Benefits and Pensions Monitor Daily News Alert. The alert summarizes the FTR Now titled “Canada Revenue Agency Announces Temporary COVID-19 Relief for Registered Pension Plans.”

Hicks Morley has once again been recognized as a leading law firm in the Chambers Canada 2020 guide for Employment & Labour (Ontario and Nationwide) and Pensions & Benefits (Nationwide). The firm receives praise for its “tremendous bench strength” being “a pre-eminent boutique in Ontario,” as well as for working on “very big pensions matters”…

Hicks Morley is pleased to congratulate Stephanie Kalinowski, who has been honoured with the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM) Council Award. The award recognizes the efforts an individual who has significantly contributed to the work, growth, and development of their council. Stephanie has served at the chair of the Ontario council since 2017. The…

Hicks Morley congratulates 32 of our lawyers for being recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Law and Workers’ Compensation Law.

Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Stephen Gleave and Stephanie Kalinowski  in an October 12, 2018 article titled “Legal Cases Highlight Issues Around LTD Coverage.” In particular, the article discusses the decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in Talos v. Grand Erie District School Board, which raises issues about the provision of benefits to employees aged 65 and older.

Hicks Morley congratulates 30 of our lawyers for being recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Law and Workers’ Compensation Law.

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski participated in a panel discussion on “Responding to Change, Planning for the Future: Bargaining Workplace Pension Plans, Addressing an Expanded CPP” at the Lancaster House ‘Pensions Conference,’ held in association with the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto. The perspective that Stephanie shared during this presentation…

An FTR Now written by Hicks Morley’s Natasha Monkman, Stephanie Kalinowski and Paul Migicovskywas was mentioned in the November 21, 2017 Benefits and Pensions Monitor Daily News Alert. The alert summarizes the FTR Now titled “Ontario’s Next Wave of Pension Reform”, which discusses the new legislation that will, if passed, change the retirement framework in Ontario – and the rules around pension plan administration, governance and funding.

Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski in a November 16, 2017 article titled “Ontario makes ‘significant step’ with new bill addressing missing members, discharges.” The article introduces the new Bill 177 –  the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, and discusses the changes it will bring to the Pension Benefits Act (PBA).

An FTR Now written by Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski and Natasha Monkman was mentioned in the October 4, 2017 Benefits and Pensions Monitor Daily News Alert. The alert summarizes the FTR Now titled “AMPing up Enforcement: Ontario’s Pension Regulator Gets New Teeth”, which discusses the new administrative money penalty regime applicable to registered Pension Plans in Ontario.

Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski in a July 5, 2017 article titled “New CAPSA reviews to look at decumulation, missing members. The article explains the review The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory is planning for this summer, looking into retirement projections and decumulation options for defined contribution pension plans, as well as developing guidance for plan administrators around missing members…

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski presented at the ACPM regional council’s session ‘What Does The Future Hold? The CPP Enhancement’ yesterday and was featured in today’s Benefits and Pensions Monitor as well as Benefits Canada news. Stephanie said employers need to educate themselves and their key stakeholders about the implications of the enhancement for themselves and…

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski was mentioned in the January 20, 2017 Benefits and Pensions Monitor Daily News Alert titled “Employers Should Look At EI Change Effects Now.” The alert summarizes Stephanie’s presentation during the Advantage session, The Future is Now: Pensions & Benefits Remastered…

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski was quoted in the November 11, 2015 Lexpert article entitled “CPP expansion would throw a wrench in pension plans in Ontario.” The article focuses on the proposal from the federal Liberal government to consult with the provinces on enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and whether an expanded CPP might…

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski was quoted in a May 15, 2015 Benefits Canada article entitled “ESG: Coming to a SIPP near you“. The article refers to the new Ontario Pension Benefits Act requirement, effective January 1, 2016, directing a pension plan administrator to indicate in its Statement of Investment Policies and Procedures whether Environment, Social…

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski was quoted in the January 22, 2015 online edition of Benefits and Pensions Monitor in a news item entitled “Plan Administrators Need To Prepare For ESG Requirements“. The News Item refers to the Advantage CPD session, 2015 Pension, Benefits and Executive Compensation Update, Hicks Morley held on January 21, 2015, at which Stephanie discussed the implications of the new requirement…

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski will serve as a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario’s Pension Division, effective September 1, 2014. The committee advises the Deputy Superintendent of Financial Services on legal and regulatory issues affecting registered pension plans. Stephanie’s new position was featured on the August 11, 2014 Daily News Alerts of Benefits…

On August 7, 2014, Benefits and Pensions Montior cited Hicks Morley’s recent FTR Now entitled “Budget Bill Includes Carrigan Pre-Retirement Death Benefit Fix.” This FTR Now discusses the July 24, 2014 amendments to the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) which are intended to address the impact of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s 2012 decision in Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate. The amendments clarify the…

On August 2, 2013 Benefits and Pensions Monitor cited Hicks Morley’s recent FTR Now entitled “The Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Pension Assignments must be ‘Clear and Unambiguous’” which reviewed the Court’s decision in Vladescu v. CTVglobemedia Inc. Hicks Morley’s Frank Cesario and Stephanie J. Kalinowski successfully argued on behalf of CTV at both the…

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski, Natasha Monkman and Rachel Arbour were quoted in the March 28, 2013 edition of the Financial Post. In an article entitled “Supreme Court of Canada refuses leave for appeal of Carrigan pension decision,” they comment on the Financial Services Commission of Ontario’s letter and state, “it remains to be seen whether…

On January 31, 2013, Benefits and Pensions Monitor commented on Hicks Morley’s recent Advantage Session entitled “Diary of a Pension & Benefits Lawyer: Case Law Update and More.” Stephanie Kalinowski were quoted in the Headlines section of this edition for their contributing topics in our Advantage session. View Article

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski was featured in the May 2012 edition of Benefits Canada in the “Your Say” section of the publication. In the column, Stephanie answers a question related to grow-in benefits for Ontario pension plan sponsors. She provides a brief summary of the implications that the new grow-in rule will have.

Stephanie Kalinowski discussed the relationship between plan management fees and performance with Benefits Canada in an article entitled “Matching money manager fees to performance.” While fees will rarely be the determining factor in terms of plan manager selection, they can act as a jumping-off point for managers, consultants and plan sponsors to address other issues,…

An article by Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski appeared in the January 2010 issue of HR Professional. The piece, entitled “Compensation: Hidden HR Costs of Ontario’s Proposed HST” discusses the Ontario government’s planned Harmonized Sales Tax and the implications for pensions and benefits. The HST, intended to replace both GST and PST, will apply to many…

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski was quoted in the November 20, 2009 “News Alerts” published on Benefits and Pensions Monitor’s web site in an article entitled “No Perfect DB Alternative”. At the firm’s 2009 Pension and Benefits Update on November 19, 2009, Kalinowski spoke about alternatives to traditional Defined Benefit plans, saying that plan sponsors must…