Beyond COVID-19: 2021 Year in Review – Cases and Legislation of Note

Employers and human resource professionals will undoubtedly remember 2021 as another year shaped by the pandemic. But … there were also legal developments in 2021 that were not related to COVID-19. In this FTR Now, we look at some of the year’s notable “non-pandemic” cases and legislative developments of interest.

Ontario Proposes Significant Changes to ESA and Other Employment-Related Legislation

On October 25, 2021, the Ontario government tabled Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021, omnibus legislation which, if passed, would make significant amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). These include requiring employers with 25 or more employees to have a policy on disconnecting from work, prohibiting employers and employees from entering into…

Fatimah Khan

Fatimah provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of labour and employment issues. Having completed graduate studies in industrial relations and human resources, Fatimah is uniquely positioned to understand clients’ concerns related to strategic human resources management, labour relations practices and global economic trends.

Victoria McCorkindale

Victoria is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She provides advice and representation to employers in both the private and public sectors on a range of labour, employment and human rights issues including wrongful dismissal actions, employment standards, labour disputes and grievance arbitrations. Victoria obtained her Juris Doctor from Western University,…

Shauna Bartlett

Shauna Bartlett provides advice and representation to employers and management in both the public and private sectors on a wide range of labour, employment and human rights issues arising from the workplace. This includes wrongful dismissal actions, collective bargaining, labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, occupational health and safety, human rights and accommodation and employment standards.

Ontario Introduces Process for WSIB to Recover Overpayments Made to Employers with Respect to Paid IDEL

On September 3, 2021, the Ontario government filed O. Reg. 637/21 made under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The regulation sets out the process by which an overpayment made by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for paid infectious disease emergency leave (Paid IDEL) may be recovered from an employer. As we…

Emerson Wargel

Emerson Wargel is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Waterloo office. He provides advice and representation to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of labour, employment and human rights issues including grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, labour disputes, occupational health and safety, employment standards and litigation…

Colleen Nevison

Colleen provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of labour and employment issues. With past experience in workplace psychology, Colleen is able to assist in creating a workplace that is productive, collaborative and supportive for employers and employees.

Armin Sohrevardi

Armin provides advice and representation to employers in the private and public sectors regarding issues arising from employment relationships. Armin strategically recommends proactive actions to avoid litigation.

Jordynne Hislop

Jordynne provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of labour and employment issues. Having completed studies in human resources, Jordynne is uniquely positioned to understand clients’ concerns related to strategic human resources management, labour relations practices and global economic trends.