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OCA Upholds Termination Clause in Employment Contract

In a recent decision, Dimson v. KTI Kanatek Technologies Inc., the Court of Appeal for Ontario found that the termination provision in an employment contract was enforceable and did not violate the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). At issue were the following contract provisions: Section 18 (c) In addition, [the employer] may terminate this Agreement…

ECHO Publishes an Article by Michelle Alton and Thomas Agnew

An article by Hicks Morley’s Michelle Alton and Thomas Agnew was published in the Summer 2013 edition of ECHO, an Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Newsletter. In the article entitled, “Drug and alcohol testing: How far can an employer go?”, Michelle and Thomas discuss the implications of the decision in Irving Pulp & Paper.  They advise the…

OHRC Develops Policy on Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier for Job Applicants

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (“OHRC”) recently posted a new policy directive entitled “Policy on Removing the “Canadian experience” barrier” which sets out the Commission’s position as follows: . . . a strict requirement for “Canadian experience” is prima facie discrimination (discrimination on its face) and can only be used in very limited circumstances. The…

Québec Publishes Private Sector Solvency Deficiency Draft Regulation for Comment

On July 10, 2013, the Québec government published a draft regulation made under the Supplemental Pension Plans Act (“Act”) entitled “Pension plans in the private sector – New relief measures for the funding of solvency deficiencies” (“Draft Regulation”). The Draft Regulation offers relief measures for the funding of deficiencies in private sector defined benefit plans…

WSIB Announces 2014 Premium Rates

On July 12, 2013, the WSIB announced that its premium rates for Schedule 1 employers will remain at current levels for 2014. The maximum insurable earnings ceiling for 2014 will be $84,100, an increase of 1.1% from $83,200 in 2013.

Time Period for Filing Solvency Funding Relief Reports Extended

On June 20, 2013, the Ontario government filed O. Reg. 186/13 amending O. Reg. 177/11 (as amended by O. Reg. 330/12) which amended Regulation 909 (General) made under the Pension Benefits Act. As previously reported, the definition of “solvency concerns” sets out the circumstances under which defined benefit pension plans are required to file annual actuarial…

Significant decision on establishing “prima facie discrimination” rendered by the Court of Appeal for Ontario

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has rendered a significant decision in Peel Law Association v. Pieters regarding the test for establishing a prima facie case of discrimination. The Court upheld a finding of the HRTO that race and colour were factors in the questioning by a librarian of three applicants (two lawyers and a…

The Supreme Court of Canada Strikes Down Random Alcohol Testing Policy

On June 14, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30 v. Irving Pulp & Paper Ltd. In this much anticipated decision, the Supreme Court clarified the law regarding random alcohol and drug testing in safety-sensitive, unionized workplaces, finding that universal random testing will…