Federal Government Introduces Legislation to Prevent Workplace Harassment and Violence

On November 7, 2017, the federal government tabled Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1, which, if passed, will amend the Canada Labour Code with respect to the prevention of workplace harassment and violence…

Jordan Fremont Quoted in Benefits Canada on the Target-Benefits Pension Bill

Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Jordan Fremont in an October 10, 2017 article titled “Can the Feds Overcome Labour Opposition to Pass Target-Benefit Pension Bill?” The article outlines three common myths about target-benefit plans including the risk and uncertainty for employees and pensioners, to which Jordan notes, “the extent to which [defined benefits] are guaranteed ultimately depends on the wherewithal of the funds and, where the fund isn’t sufficient, the financial stability of the sponsor.”

Federal Government Eliminates Secret Ballot Certification Votes for Federally Regulated Employees, Reverses Union Financial Disclosure Obligations

On June 19, 2017, Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act, received Royal Assent. As previously reported, Bill C-4 amends the Canada Labour Code to repeal reforms to the certification and decertification process brought…

Federal Post – Sixth Edition

We are pleased to bring you this promised Federal Post edition on recent case law updates of significance to employers in the federal sector.
Laila Karimi Hendry and Amy Tibble, both of our Toronto office, write about two unjust dismissal cases “post-Wilson” that you should know about.
David Foster of our London office provides a summary of recent cases interpreting the new test for “danger” under the Canada Labour Code…

New Proposed Federal Bill to Reverse Canada Labour Code Certification and Decertification Reforms, C-377 Union Disclosure Obligations

Further to its election platform, on January 28, 2016, the federal government introduced Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act. Among other things, this legislation would, if passed, amend the Canada Labour Code (“CLC”) to effectively repeal…

Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies Employer Obligations to Investigate Workplace Violence Allegations under the Canada Labour Code

In a recent decision, Canada (Attorney General) v. Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a decision of the Federal Court which clarified an employer’s obligation to appoint an impartial “competent person” to investigate complaints of workplace violence. The Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (“Regulations”) require an employer to appoint…

2015 Federal Election Update: ORPP or CPP – Which Will it be?

Editor’s Note: Following publication of this communication, the Ontario government announced that the first wave of ORPP implementation will be delayed by one year to January 1, 2018. Please be sure to read our FTR Now of February 17, 2016 for updated information on this significant development, or contact your regular Hicks Morley lawyer for…