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Canadian HR Reporter quoted Hicks Morley’s Jodi Gallagher Healy in an August 12, 2019 article titled “CLC Changes Coming into Force Sept. 1.” “It’s frustrating for employers because there’s so much change at hand, much of which has been put through in a very confusing way,” Jodi says.
A recent arbitral decision from Arbitrator Jasbir Parmar has provided some much needed clarification on municipalities’ obligations when accommodating pregnant firefighters on 24 hour shifts. In The Town of Ajax v Ajax Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, Local 1092, Arbitrator Parmar dismissed the Association’s grievance, re-affirming that municipal employers do not have an obligation to accommodate an employee in a position in which they cannot complete the “essential duties” of the job.
Directors and officers face increased risk and exposure to liability, and the steps to mitigate these risks have changed. What worked in the past isn’t enough. Boards and organizations need to look for new approaches to fit the nature of today’s risks.
On July 29, 2019, a number of amendments to the Canada Labour Code enacted by Bill C-44, the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1, came into force. The amendments relate to changes to the powers of the Canada Industrial Relations Board, complaints relating to reprisals and the elimination of the role of appeals officers. Learn more in this Federal Post.
In This Issue: The Gig Economy, AI In the Workforce and more!
In the digital age, privacy litigation is one of the most dynamic areas of law. The law is evolving quickly, drawing on concepts developed before privacy regulators and in criminal cases. Matters are often litigated in a technical context, requiring an understanding of information systems and complex new and emerging technologies. Moreover, the “open courts” principle can conflict with the need to keep information secret and complicate litigation.
It’s not just about the money. Increasingly, executive compensation packages feature complex designs that incorporate pension benefits along with ever more creative bonus plans, and stock and equity options. Defending organizations against employee claims for entitlement to these benefits requires a multi-disciplinary approach to litigation that incorporates pension law, employment law and tax law expertise – and Hicks Morley delivers.