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Good Government Bill Passes Third Reading

On March 7, 2011, Bill 110, the Good Government Act, was carried at Third Reading. As previously reported, Bill 110 is omnibus legislation that would, if passed, make a number of amendments to various Acts, including several employment-related statutes. The Bill should be consulted for coming into force information.

TTC “Essential Service” Legislation Passes Second Reading, Referred to Committee

On March 8, 2011, Bill 150, the Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act, 2011, carried at Second Reading and was ordered referred to the Standing Committee on General Government. As previously reported, Bill 150 is proposed legislation that would designate the Toronto Transit Commission an essential service and provide for binding arbitration by a…

Occupational Health and Safety Legislation Introduced

On March 3, 2011, the Ontario government introduced Bill 160, the Occupational Health and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2011 (PDF). The proposed Bill 160 amendments, which are intended to respond to the recommendations provided by the Expert Panel on Occupational Health and Safety, would significantly amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”), by:…

Draft Pension Regulations (Asset Division on Marriage Breakdown) Posted for Public Comment

On March 3, 2011, the Ontario government posted draft regulations under Bill 133, the Family Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009, and a related Consultation Paper for public review and comment. Among other family law-related matters, Bill 133 amends the Pension Benefits Act and creates new rules governing both: (1) the valuation of pension assets by…

New Retirement Homes Act, 2010 Regulations Proposed

On February 22, 2011, the Ontario government announced proposed regulations under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010. In part, the regulations would define “retirement home” for the purposes of the Act as a facility with a minimum of six qualifying residents, excluding the premises or parts of premises used to deliver certain programs for which there…

TTC “Essential Service” Legislation to be Introduced

On February 22, 2011, the Ontario government announced plans to introduce the Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act, 2011, legislation designating the Toronto Transit Commission an essential service. The legislation, if passed, would provide for binding arbitration by a neutral third party where a collective agreement cannot be reached through bargaining, effectively banning strikes…

Ted Kovacs Quoted in Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Hicks Morley’s Ted Kovacs was quoted in the February 2011 edition of Canadian Lawyer Magazine, in the Legal Report: Labour & Employment section. The article, “Facebook is the new water cooler”, discusses the emerging caselaw dealing with the off-duty comment of employees in the context of social media: Is it free and fair speech? or…

Solvency Funding Relief Details for Broader Public Sector Released by Ontario Government

On February 10, 2011, the Ontario government released the Details of the Proposed Temporary Solvency Funding Relief for Certain Pension Plans in the Broader Public Sector (“BPS”) (the “Details”). The government previously announced that it would consider providing solvency funding relief for pension plans provided in respect of BPS employers in the university sector on…