Human Resources Legislative Update

On March 23, 2020, the Ontario government announced that effective 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday March 24, non-essential businesses will be ordered closed for 14 days, and possibly longer. A full list of businesses which will be permitted to remain open will be released tomorrow. Access to groceries, medicine and essential products will remain in place….

FTR Now

Staffing in the fire sector is quickly becoming an emerging topic. Whether it is the minimum staffing provision in a Collective Agreement or the minimum number of firefighters per pumper, both associations and municipalities have been raising these issues at bargaining and interest arbitration. A recent significant case in the fire sector provides some much needed clarity for municipalities. For the first time that we are aware of, an Arbitration Board has decreased a minimum staffing clause.

Case In Point

The Supreme Court of Canada recently rendered two decisions in two separate cases pertaining to Quebec’s Pay Equity Act (Act) that serve as a reminder to all employers of the importance of complying with their governing pay equity legislation. The Act came into force in 1996 to address systemic discrimination against women and to ensure…

Case In Point

In Aitchison v L & L Painting and Decorating Ltd., the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) found that an employer did not discriminate against the applicant when his employment was terminated for smoking marijuana while at work, which was contrary to the employer’s “zero tolerance” policy. The applicant was employed as a seasonal painter…

Human Resources Legislative Update

WSIB Rate Framework Policy Consultation Extended

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As we previously reported, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has launched a public consultation on draft policies for the new Rate Framework, which will be implemented on January 1, 2020. The deadline for submissions on the Rate Framework Policy Consultation has been extended from October 13, 2017 to December 5, 2017. Submissions can be…