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The Path to Pay Equity: How to prepare for the bumps, twists and turns to come

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Expected to come into force in 2020, the new federal proactive Pay Equity Act will require federally-regulated employers to…

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  • New federal labour standards take root; federal employers take heed!

    Many of the employment standards changes that the federal government worked through Parliament over the past year are coming into effect on September 1, 2019…. Read Complete Article
  • Preliminary injunctions against random drug and alcohol testing

    Office and Professional Employees International Union v Cougar Helicopters, 2019 CanLII 66726 (NL LA)   This Echo Hotel Aviation HR Briefing follows-up on the decision that Emond… Read Complete Article
  • Canada Without Barriers to Accessibility by 2040

    On November 27, 2018, the House of Commons passed Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada, also known as the Accessible Canada Act… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario introduces legislation to limit compensation increases in the public sector

    On June 5, 2019, the Ontario government introduced Bill 124 – An Act to implement moderation measures in respect of compensation in Ontario’s public sector…. Read Complete Article
  • The existence of concurrent criminal charges does not stop the statutory limitation period from running

    A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice will prove to be very useful for employers as it reduces the potential for lingering… Read Complete Article
  • Arbitrator Determines Termination of Nurse for Addiction-Related Narcotics Theft Discriminatory but Reinstatement not an Appropriate Remedy

    In the recent case of Humber River Hospital v. Ontario Nurses’ Association, (December 2018) an arbitrator considered the complex issue of… Read Complete Article
  • Bill 66 receives Royal Assent – More changes to ESA now in effect

    Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019, received Royal Assent on April 3, 2019. As discussed in a previous Focus Alert (see Read Complete Article
  • Ontario government launches public sector compensation consultations – wages to be “modest, reasonable and sustainable”

    On April 4th, the Ontario government announced that it would be consulting with public sector employers and collective bargaining agents “on how… Read Complete Article
  • “Context is everything” – arbitrator interprets “serious illness” in Ontario Nurses’ Association Collective Agreement

    Many employers in the health care sector will be familiar with collective agreement provisions that operate to convert vacation leave pay to sick leave pay… Read Complete Article
  • Federal Government appoints expert panel to advise on further changes to the Canada Labour Code

    Bill C-86, which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018, will introduce a number of significant changes to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”). The Bill… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Court of Appeal:  No tort of harassment in Ontario

    In a landmark decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal set aside a lower court decision and held that there is no freestanding tort of harassment… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario government seeks feedback on pay transparency reporting

    As many readers of Focus will recall, the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (the “PTA”) received Royal Assent on May 7, 2018 and was scheduled to… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario introduces legislation to overhaul health care – lays foundation for health “Super Agency”

    On February 26, 2019 the Ontario government introduced Bill 74, An Act concerning the provision of health care, continuing Ontario Health and making consequential and… Read Complete Article

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