Federal Ministry of Labour Launches Task Force to Review Employment Equity Act

On July 14, 2021, the federal Minister of Labour announced that it has launched a Task Force with the purpose of “making concrete, independent and evidence-based recommendations to the Minister of Labour on how to modernize” the Employment Equity Act (Act). The Task Force is looking into issues surrounding employment equity and inclusion in federally…

Ontario Moves to Step 3 of Reopening Plan

Effective July 16, 2021, all public health units in Ontario will be permitted to move to Step 3 of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. This move comes ahead of schedule and is the result of improvements to key health indicators including decreasing COVID-19 case rates and high rates of vaccination. Once this occurs, all public…

Divisional Court Finds “Permanent Residence” Not a Protected Ground under Ontario Human Rights Code

In the recently released decision of Imperial Oil Limited v. Haseeb, a majority of the Divisional Court (Court) quashed a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (Tribunal) which treated “permanent residence” as intrinsically included in the protected ground of “citizenship.” The majority held that such an expansion to the ground of “citizenship” was…

Ontario Seeking Input on Postsecondary Accessibility Standards under AODA

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), new accessibility standards are developed through Standards Development Committees. The initial recommendations of the Postsecondary Education Standards Development Committee for the development of postsecondary accessibility standards under the AODA were published on June 25, 2021. The Committee is seeking input from the public…

Important Updates Regarding the Federal Pay Equity Act, the Canada Labour Code and CLC Regulations

In this Federal Post, we cover recent developments with respect to the federal Pay Equity Act, amendments to the Canada Labour Code (CLC) and highlight the proposed amendments to the CLC Regulations that are currently open for public consultation. Federal Pay Equity Act In Force on August 31, 2021 By: Lucy Wu The federal Pay…

Ontario Moves to Step 2 of Reopening Plan

Effective June 30, 2021, all public health units in Ontario will be permitted to move to Step 2 of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Once this occurs, all public health units in the province will be subject to the conditions established by O. Reg. 263/20, Rules for Areas in Step 2, as amended by O….

New Rules of Procedure for the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

On June 23, 2021, the federal government published Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Rules of Procedure, 2021 (Rules), following a public consultation in 2020 on the proposed rules (see our prior post). As stated in the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement to the Rules, most of the rules in place at the Tribunal remain the same. The…

Hicks Morley Welcomes Associate Christian Morin

Hicks Morley is pleased to announce that Christian Morin has joined the firm as an associate in our Ottawa office. Christian represents employers and management in both private and public sectors on a wide range of labour and employment issues. Christian has experience with human rights issues, occupational health and safety matters and wrongful dismissal claims.

Christian Morin

Christian Morin is a labour and employment lawyer with Hicks Morley’s Ottawa office. He provides advice and represents employers and management in both private and public sectors. As a proud Franco-Ontarian, Christian is fully bilingual and is uniquely positioned to serve employers in the national capital region.

Ontario to Enter Step 1 of Reopening on June 11, 2021

The Ontario government has announced that effective June 11 at 12:01 a.m., all regions of the province will enter Step 1 of its Roadmap to Reopen as the COVID-19 cases slowly begin to drop and the vaccination rates increase.