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…

Proposed Changes to OMERS Target Emergency Services Employees and High Income Earners

On May 4, 2011, the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (“SC”) made public seven proposed changes to the OMERS pension plans. The proposals have been put forward by various individual SC members in connection with the SC’s annual review of the OMERS pension plans. There are two main objectives: (1) improving the funded position of the top-up…

OMERS Supplemental Benefits: Bargaining Issues & Strategies for the Emergency Services Sector

With the passage of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Act, 2006 (“OMERS Act 2006”), police [1], firefighters [2] and paramedics [3] are now able to bargain additional OMERS pension benefits, called “supplemental benefits”. This ability to bargain supplemental benefits will have a dramatic impact on local labour relations and related costs. The OMERS Act…