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OMHRA Summer ECHO Newsletter Features Two Articles by Jessica Toldo

The Summer 2018 issue of OMHRA’s ECHO newsletter features two articles authored by Hicks Morley lawyer Jessica Toldo. In the article “Landmark Decision Finds FIPPA’s Delay / Block of Public Access to Adjudicative Records of Administrative Tribunals Unconstitutional,” Jessica discusses the Toronto Star v AG Ontario case where a landmark decision prompted by the Toronto Star, the Superior Court of Justice found…

Cannabis Act in Force October 17, 2018

The federal government has announced October 17, 2018 as the date on which the Cannabis Act comes into force. The Act was passed by the Senate on June 19, 2018. For more information, see our FTR Now of June 20, 2018 “Cannabis Act In Force October 17, 2018: Preparing Your Workplace.” Editor’s Note: The Cannabis…

Law Society of Ontario Six Minute Labour Lawyer 2018 Conference

Overview The Law Society of Ontario Six Minute Labour Lawyer 2018 Conference comprises keen analysis on the most important provincial and federal arbitration, labour board, and court cases from crucial viewpoints: arbitrators, labour board adjudicators, union counsel, and management lawyers. They present valuable and topical commentary on a range of issues, from changes to labour legislation to new…

FTR Now on the New Smoke-Free Ontario Act Mentioned in Benefits and Pensions Monitor

An FTR Now written by Hicks Morley’s Maureen M. Quinlan was mentioned in the May 30, 2018 Benefits and Pensions Monitor Daily News Alert. The alert summarizes the FTR Now titled “New Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 in Force July 1, 2018: What Employers Should Know“, which discusses the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFO Act) and it specifically addresses the use of medical cannabis.

New Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 in Force July 1, 2018: What Employers Should Know

On July 1, 2018, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFO Act) and accompanying regulation will come into force. It was enacted as part of the omnibus Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017. The SFO Act repeals and replaces the Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015 and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (Earlier Acts), consolidating many provisions of those two statutes into one place. It also contains new requirements for employers and others.

Update on Personal Emergency Leave in the Municipal Sector

The introduction of two paid personal emergency leave (PEL) days to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) has revived the debate about whether collective agreements or policies provide a Greater Right or Benefit (GROB), or alternatively, whether entitlements under the collective agreement or policies can be offset against the PEL entitlement. The first arbitration case since the paid entitlements were introduced (from Arbitrator Mitchnick) has brought an interesting twist to the debate.