On October 19, 2022, the federal government announced that it is seeking public feedback regarding its plan to improve the collective bargaining process. The government states that the consultation was launched in response to its commitment to introduce legislation by the end of 2023 to prohibit the use of replacement workers during a strike or…
CHRT Seeks Feedback on Draft Rules and Forms Regarding Pay Equity
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has published and is seeking comments on its Draft Rules Respecting Pay Equity and accompanying draft forms. Comments are due by May 10, 2022. Background On August 31, 2021, the federal government proclaimed in force the Pay Equity Act (Act) and related regulations. The Act applies to federally regulated…
Federal Government Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Federally Regulated Workplaces
On December 7, 2021, the federal government announced that it will propose regulations under Part II of the Canada Labour Code to make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory in all federally regulated workplaces. The government stated that it will be consulting with key stakeholders on these new regulations, which it anticipates will come into force in…
New Guidelines on Employment Equity Reporting
The federal government has published two new employment equity interpretation, policies and guidelines (IPGs) for employers subject to the Legislated Employment Equity Program (LEEP) under the Employment Equity Act. IPG 106 “Definitions and interpretations for reporting salary” provides that salary, bonus pay and overtime pay must be included as salary for employment equity reporting purposes….
Accessibility Standards Canada Publishes Guidelines for COVID-19 and Other Emergencies
On March 11, 2021, Accessibility Standards Canada updated its resources page to provide accessibility guidelines for COVID-19 or other emergencies. These guidelines offer practical information for persons with disabilities, including employees, and employers on a range of topics that are highlighted below. Accessible practices for returning to the workplace addresses accessibility barriers that may exist…
Advantage CPD: Preparing Your Business – The New Federal Workplace Harassment and Violence Regulations
As of January 1, 2021, the new Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations will come into force, placing significant obligations on employers aimed at preventing harassment and violence in the workplace. In this webinar we will take a closer look at the obligations set out in the new regulations and discuss how to incorporate the changes into your workplace policies and procedures.
Temporary Change to Federal Policy Will Permit Visitors to Apply For and Obtain a Work Permit While In Canada
The federal government has announced a temporary policy change that will permit visitors currently in Canada who have a valid job offer to apply for, and receive, an employer-specific work permit without having to leave Canada, effective August 24, 2020.
Supreme Court of Canada Finds Federal Genetic Non-Discrimination Act is Constitutional
On July 10, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in Reference re Genetic Non‑Discrimination Act, upholding the constitutionality of the impugned sections of the federal Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (Act) in a split decision. The constitutional question was raised in a reference by the Quebec government to the Quebec Court of Appeal, which…
Federally Regulated DB Pension Plans Given Temporary Relief as a Result of COVID-19
On April 15, 2020, the federal government announced that, effective immediately, it is providing temporary relief to sponsors of federally regulated defined benefit (DB) pension plans, in light of the pandemic’s negative effect on the economy and the resulting financial constraints faced by many sponsors. For the remainder of 2020, there will be a moratorium…
Federal Government Clarifies Scheduling Requirements for On-Call Employees, Seeks Submissions on Hours of Work Requirements
The federal Labour Program has been holding consultations on the scheduling and hours of work provisions in the Canada Labour Code (Code) that came into force on September 1, 2019. The first round of consultations took place in the fall of 2019.