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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.

Northwestern Ontario Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) HR Employment and Labour Law Conference

Overview The 2018 HR Employment and Labour Law Conference will challenge the way employers think about human resources. Subjects include Human Rights and Health and Safety Case Law, Social Media use, Employer Obligations for creating a Psychologically Safe Workspace, Attendance Support Programs, Obligations to support Transgender/Transitioning Employees, Bill 148, Investigations and Terminations – Best Practices,…

Ontario Implements Anti-Racism Act Regulations

On April 20, 2018, the Ontario government filed regulations under the Anti-Racism Act, 2017 (ARA) setting out personal information that certain public sector organizations (PSOs) will be authorized or required to collect under the ARA for the purpose of eliminating systematic racism.

Ontario Government Reinstates Prior Public Holiday Pay Formula Effective July 1, 2018

Late on May 7, 2018, the Ontario government announced that it is reinstating the prior public holiday pay formula that pre-dated Bill 148. Ontario Regulation 375/18 was filed on the same day and the reinstatement of the prior formula comes into force on July 1, 2018. The regulation will remain in force until December 31, 2019…

Ontario Passes Pay Transparency Legislation

On April 26, 2018, Bill 3, the Pay Transparency Act, 2018, passed Third Reading, as amended by the Standing Committee on Social Policy. As we previously reported, Bill 3 enacts new rules governing the disclosure of information about the compensation of employees and prospective employees. Among other things, it requires “employers” (as the term is…

Ontario Proposes Establishment of Pay Rate Minimums for Certain Government Contractors

On April 17, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 53, the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018, legislation that would, if passed, permit minimum pay rates to be established for certain private sector construction sectors (roads; heavy engineering; sewers and water mains; and industrial, commercial and institutional), and building security or cleaning services in government owned…