Kathryn Bird Quoted in Benefits Canada on Structuring Top-Up Benefits to Avoid Discrimination Claims

Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Kathryn J. Bird in a June 27, 2017 article titled “Structuring top-up benefits to avoid discrimination claims.”
The article explores how top-up benefits must be offered by employers to all staffers in the same situation, otherwise they could face a potential discrimination claims, even-though offering said benefits is completely…

Supreme Court of Canada On Pregnancy and Parental Leave Top-Ups

The Supreme Court of Canada recently upheld a decision of a British Columbia arbitrator which had found that denying birth mothers entitlement to parental supplemental employment (“SEB” or “top-up”) benefits where they had received pregnancy SEB plan benefits was discriminatory. The issue before the arbitrator turned on an interpretation of the collective agreement in place…