FTR Quarterly – Issue 12

In This Issue: Year in Review – Key Human Resources Law Developments of 2018, The Road Ahead: Human Resources Trends and Issues to Watch in 2019 and more!

2019 Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) Labour Relations Seminar

Over the course of two days, chief fire officers, senior municipal officials and human resource professionals hear from a team of legal experts, fire chiefs from across Ontario, and renowned international speakers that give insight, up-to-date knowledge and guidance into a wide range of labour relations issues that are currently impacting the fire service. Throughout…

Tribunal Finds that Denial of Coverage for Medical Cannabis under Employer’s Benefit Plan is not Discriminatory

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the Tribunal) recently held that the decision to deny coverage for medical cannabis coverage under an employer’s benefit plan is not discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code) when the decision to deny coverage is unrelated to an applicant’s disability or another protected ground. In Rivard v. Essex (County),…

Benefits Canada Publishes an Article by Thomas Agnew on Benefits Coverage for Medical Marijuana

Hicks Morley’s Thomas Agnew authored an article in Benefits Canada titled “Employer Obligations Around Medical Pot, Benefits Plans.” In a case from February 2017, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal confirmed that an administrator of a benefits plan can choose what specific drugs and medications will be covered by a plan. In particular, it held that the exclusion of medical cannabis…

FTR Quarterly – Issue 11

In This Issue Considering Cannabis Coverage under Benefits Plans Recreational Cannabis and Your Workplace: Five Steps to Consider Featured Lawyer – Maureen M. Quinlan Featured Topic – Cannabis Expertise Featured Articles Considering Cannabis Coverage under Benefits Plans By: Natasha D. Monkman and Sukhvinder K. Dulay With the legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018, employers…

Cannabis Coverage Under Health and Benefits Plans [Video]

With the legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018, employers across Canada have a lot to think about regarding the impact of cannabis on the workplace. In this video, Sukhvinder Dulay takes us through the issues employers need to consider regarding cannabis coverage under health and benefits plans and provides tips on responding to questions regarding whether existing plans cover the cost of cannabis products used for medicinal purposes.

Signs Required to be Posted under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 Now Available on Government Website

Further to our FTR Now of October 18, 2018, Employers Take Note: Provincial Cannabis Legislation and Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (Including New Poster Requirements) Now in Force, the government of Ontario has now posted information regarding the new rules under the Act as well as the signs required to be posted by employers and others…

Jacqueline Luksha Answers “Burning Questions” about the Legalization of Cannabis on the CBC News Network

Hicks Morley’s Jacqueline Luksha was featured on the CBC News Network with Andrew Nichols on October 17, 2018 discussing issues that employers and employees are facing in light of Wednesday’s legalization of cannabis. Questions that Jacqueline responded to in this feature include: Does legalization mean that employees are entitled to consume cannabis in the workplace? What should employers be keeping in…