The First Bill 148 Cases: Overview of Key New ESA Decisions

It has now been 7 months since Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, was enacted and cases are beginning to emerge which interpret the new provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). In this Minimum Standards Monitor, we review some decisions of particular interest to employers which involve the new personal emergency leave (PEL) requirements, the equal pay for equal work provisions and the new minimum wage entitlements.

Law Society of Ontario Six Minute Labour Lawyer 2018 Conference

Overview The Law Society of Ontario Six Minute Labour Lawyer 2018 Conference comprises keen analysis on the most important provincial and federal arbitration, labour board, and court cases from crucial viewpoints: arbitrators, labour board adjudicators, union counsel, and management lawyers. They present valuable and topical commentary on a range of issues, from changes to labour legislation to new…

Update on Personal Emergency Leave in the Municipal Sector

The introduction of two paid personal emergency leave (PEL) days to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) has revived the debate about whether collective agreements or policies provide a Greater Right or Benefit (GROB), or alternatively, whether entitlements under the collective agreement or policies can be offset against the PEL entitlement. The first arbitration case since the paid entitlements were introduced (from Arbitrator Mitchnick) has brought an interesting twist to the debate.

Northwestern Ontario Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) HR Employment and Labour Law Conference

Overview The 2018 HR Employment and Labour Law Conference will challenge the way employers think about human resources. Subjects include Human Rights and Health and Safety Case Law, Social Media use, Employer Obligations for creating a Psychologically Safe Workspace, Attendance Support Programs, Obligations to support Transgender/Transitioning Employees, Bill 148, Investigations and Terminations – Best Practices,…

Ontario Government Reinstates Prior Public Holiday Pay Formula Effective July 1, 2018

Late on May 7, 2018, the Ontario government announced that it is reinstating the prior public holiday pay formula that pre-dated Bill 148. Ontario Regulation 375/18 was filed on the same day and the reinstatement of the prior formula comes into force on July 1, 2018. The regulation will remain in force until December 31, 2019…