Federal Government Publishes Proposed Accessible Canada Regulations and Invites Public Input

On February 13, 2021, the federal government issued a notice regarding the proposed Accessible Canada Regulations (Proposed Regulations), which establish a proposed framework to promote compliance with accessibility requirements under the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). The Proposed Regulations would apply to entities under federal jurisdiction. In this Federal Post, we provide an overview of the…

Certain Industries to be Exempted from New Hours of Work and Notice of Schedule Requirements under Canada Labour Code

The federal government recently published proposed regulations Exemptions from and Modifications to Hours of Work Provisions Regulations (Proposed Regulations) made under the Canada Labour Code (Code). The Proposed Regulations would exempt certain sectors from the Code provisions requiring employers to provide 96 hours’ notice of work schedule, 8 hours’ notice of shift change, 30-minute breaks…

New Administrative Monetary Penalties under Canada Labour Code Coming into Force on January 1, 2021

On January 1, 2021, the new Part IV “Administrative Monetary Penalties” of the Canada Labour Code (Code) will come into force together with other amendments to the Code. Part IV Administrative Monetary Penalties Part IV was enacted by Bill C-44, Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1. Among other things, Part IV: establishes a penalty system…

Federal Government Publishes Guideline on Incoming Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Obligations

On November 30, 2020, the federal government published Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention (HVP), an Interpretations, Policy, Guidelines document (IPG Document) to address some questions relating to the incoming harassment and violence provisions of the Canada Labour Code (Code) and its supporting Regulation, which are set to come into force on January 1, 2021….

New Pay Transparency Measures in Certain Federal Workplaces to Come into Force on January 1, 2021

New pay transparency requirements under the federal Employment Equity Act (Act) have been proclaimed into force effective January 1, 2021, together with supporting amendments made to the Employment Equity Regulations (Amended Regulations). These changes will affect all federally regulated private sector employers who employ 100 or more employees. The Legislative Changes to the Act Federally…

Temporary Layoff Provisions Extended Again, Proposed Regulations Under Pay Equity Act Now Available for Consultation

Two recent developments of note will impact federally regulated workplaces. First, the federal government has provided an additional extension of the temporary layoff provisions under the Canada Labour Standards Regulations in light of COVID-19. Second, it has published proposed regulations under the federal Pay Equity Act for consultation.

COVID-19 Leave in Canada Labour Code to be Extended

Early on September 30, 2020, the federal House of Commons passed Bill C-4, COVID-19 Response Measures Act. It amends the Leave Related to COVID-19 provisions of the Canada Labour Code to extend the leave to September 25, 2021. It also enacts the Canada Recovery Benefits Act which establishes certain benefits as a result of COVID-19….

New Federal Act to Permit Extensions to Time Limits in Federal Legislation as a Result of COVID-19

Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, which passed on July 27, 2020, has enacted new legislation that permits the temporary suspension or extension of time limits or other periods specified in federal legislation or in court proceedings governed by federal legislation that are difficult or impossible to meet in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.