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Human Resources Legislative Update

Accessibility Standards Canada (ASC) has published a draft Accessibility Standard on Emergency Measures (Draft Standard) as part of its mandate under the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). Background The ACA came into force on July 11, 2019, and the Accessible Canada Regulations (Regulations) made under the ACA came into force on December 13, 2021. The ACA…

Human Resources Legislative Update

Passed by the federal government in the spring of 2023, Bill S-211, Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act (Act) is coming into force on January 1, 2024. Organizations subject to the Act will be required to submit annual reports to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Minister) outlining…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On December 9, 2023, the Federal Prompt Payment for Construction Work Act (Act) was proclaimed into force. The Act was originally introduced in 2019 as part of the omnibus Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1. As stated in the government’s news release, the Act is designed to address the construction industry’s long-standing concerns around doing…

Human Resources Legislative Update

O. Reg. 378/23 (Amending Regulation), amending O. Reg. 261/22 made under the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006 (Act), prescribes the criteria for alternatives to Canadian experience that may be accepted by regulated professions. The Amending Regulation is made further to the changes to the Act enacted by the Working for…

Human Resources Legislative Update

Ontario Announces Public Hearings on Bill 149

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The Standing Committee on Social Policy (Committee) will be holding public hearings to consider Bill 149, Working for Workers Four Act, 2023 on Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Interested parties who wish to be considered to make an oral submission before the Committee must register by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1,…

Human Resources Legislative Update

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. The Accessibility Compliance Report is a…

Human Resources Legislative Update

The federal government recently published proposed regulations which would amend the Pay Equity Regulations (Regulations) made under the federal Pay Equity Act (Act). The Act addresses systemic gender discrimination in compensation practices and pay systems as well as the portion of the wage gap attributable to the undervaluation of work traditionally done by women. The…

Human Resources Legislative Update

WSIB Publishes New Communicable Illnesses Policy

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Following public consultations, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has published a new operational policy on communicable illnesses (Policy), which will become effective December 1, 2023. The Policy defines a communicable illness as “an illness resulting from infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi.” In order to be entitled to benefits for…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On November 10, 2023, the government of Ontario filed Ontario Regulation 340/23 (Amending Regulation) which amends the Termination and Severance of Employment Regulation (Regulation) made under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The Amending Regulation provides regulatory support for changes to the ESA’s group termination provisions made by Bill 79, Working for Workers Act, 2023 (Bill 79). Under the ESA, employers have an obligation…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On November 8, 2023, the Ontario government announced its intention to introduce legislation that would include the following protections for injured workers: The government also announced it will be launching consultations on a new job-protected leave for employees who are dealing with a critical illness, such as cancer. This new leave would match the length…