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Human Resources Legislative Update

On November 4, 2021, the Minister of Long-Term Care issued an updated Long-term care home COVID-19 immunization policy directive (Directive). The Directive is effective as of November 4, 2021 and replaces the previous version dated October 1, 2021, which we covered in our HR HealthCheck of October 13, 2021. Under the Directive, every licensee of…

Human Resources Legislative Update

In August 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) initiated a consultation survey on how to modernize the nation’s Employment Insurance (EI) program. The need for the consultation survey was driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the gaps it highlighted in the EI program. On November 9, 2021, ESDC extended the closing date of the…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On November 2, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it plans to introduce legislation that, if passed, would raise the general minimum wage from $14.35 to $15.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2022. Under the proposed legislation, the minimum wage rate for liquor servers (currently set at $12.55 per hour) would be eliminated. This means…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On October 28, 2021, the Ontario legislature tabled Bill 38, Remembrance Week Amendment Act, 2021 which, if passed, would amend the Remembrance Week Act, 2016 to provide every worker in Ontario the right to wear a poppy in the workplace during Remembrance Week. An exception would exist if wearing a poppy would pose a hazard…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On October 28, 2021, the Ontario government announced a substantial overhaul of the long-term care sector in Ontario, following on the report of the Long-Term Care Commission. On the same date, the government tabled Bill 37, Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021. If passed, Bill 37 would repeal the current…

Human Resources Legislative Update

New Guidelines on Employment Equity Reporting

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The federal government has published two new employment equity interpretation, policies and guidelines (IPGs) for employers subject to the Legislated Employment Equity Program (LEEP) under the Employment Equity Act. IPG 106 “Definitions and interpretations for reporting salary” provides that salary, bonus pay and overtime pay must be included as salary for employment equity reporting purposes….

Human Resources Legislative Update

On October 15, 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated its website page EI information for employers – COVID-19 with respect to Block 16 – Reasons for issuing this ROE (record of employment). Block 16 is used to indicate the reason for the employee’s leave or separation from employment, or why the ROE is…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On October 15, 2021, the Ontario government announced that the enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with the official QR (Quick Response) code, as well as the verification app, Verify Ontario, are available for download. These tools are intended to make the process of providing proof of vaccination in order to access certain public settings more secure…

Human Resources Legislative Update

Ontario Eases Capacity Limits in Select Settings

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On October 8, 2021, the Ontario government announced that would be “cautiously” lifting capacity limits in select settings where proof of full vaccination is required, effective October 9, 2021. O. Reg. 698/21, amending O. Reg. 364/20, the Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step, gives effect to these changes. For…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On October 7, 2021, the Ontario government introduced Bill 13, Supporting People and Businesses Act, 2021 (Bill 13) for first reading. Among other things, Bill 13 includes proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act as well as to the Education Act. Occupational Health and Safety Proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety…