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  • Federal Government Introduces Increased Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

    As all Canadians adjust to a new “normal” in the era of COVID-19, many employers – whether they continue to operate as an essential service… Read Complete Article
  • COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT RECEIVES ROYAL ASSENT

    On March 25, 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act (Bill C-13) received Royal Assent. The legislation outlines broad amendments and measures… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Makes Emergency Order for Staffing and Redeployment for Health Service Providers Due to COVID-19

    On March 17, 2020, the Ontario Government declared an emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the “Act”) as… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Government Files Emergency Order and Amends Regulations Relating to Long-Term Care Homes in Response to COVID-19. Also Amends Retirement Homes Act Regulation

    Public health authorities have advised that the elderly and people with underlying chronic or immunocompromising medical conditions are particularly at risk from COVID-19. There have… Read Complete Article
  • Remote Work Considerations: An Employer’s Guide

    As the world manages its way through the current COVID-19 global pandemic, employers are required to act quickly to implement remote work arrangements. The urgency… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario orders mandatory closure of non-essential workplaces

    To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces to be effective as of March… Read Complete Article
  • Canada’s COVID-19 economic response plan

    On March 18, 2020, the federal government announced a new set of economic measures to support workers and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. These measures… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario expands ESA job-protected leaves for COVID-19

    On March 19, 2020, the Ontario Legislature met in an emergency session and passed Bill 186 – the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies),… Read Complete Article
  • Arbitration decision clarifies vacation entitlements for part-time and casual employees – Hospital’s method correct

    A recent arbitration centred on the proper calculation of vacation entitlements for part-time and casual employees under the CUPE Central hospital collective agreement. The resulting… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario Labour Relations Board issues first decision regarding workers in the “gig economy” – food-app couriers permitted to unionize

    In Canadian Union of Postal Workers v. Foodora Inc. d.b.a. Foodora (February, 2020) the Ontario Labour Relations Board (“OLRB”) found that couriers working for Foodora,… Read Complete Article
  • Planning for COVID-19 in the workplace – obligations and considerations for employers

    COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan City, China in late 2019. Initially known as “2019 Novel Coronavirus,” the first case was reported on December 31,… Read Complete Article
  • Federal government seeks feedback on exemptions and modifications to the new “hours of work” provisions of the Canada Labour Code

    As many readers of Focus will recall, Part III of the Canada Labour Code (“Code”) was recently amended to provide certain rights and entitlements to… Read Complete Article
  • VOTE Joël Rocque for the 2020 CCLA Board of Trustees!

    We are excited to announce that our very own Joël Rocque is running for a seat on the 2020 CCLA Board… Read Complete Article
  • Report of the Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards released

    As we discussed in a previous Focus Alert, in addition to the Bill C-86 changes to the labour standards provisions of… Read Complete Article
  • WSIB’s new Rate Framework to come into effect January 1, 2020 – significant changes to employer classification and rate setting

    Effective January 1, 2020, the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (“WSIB”) will be replacing its current Schedule 1 employer classification system and premium and experience rating… Read Complete Article
  • Ontario caps compensation increases for public servants and the broader public sector

    Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 (the “Act”), received Royal Assent on November 7, 2019, and was proclaimed… Read Complete Article
  • Limitations on specifically bargained benefits can exist outside of the express terms of the collective agreement

    A recent arbitration decision confirms that there can be external limitations on collectively bargained benefits coverage. In Ottawa Professional Firefighters’ Association and The City of… Read Complete Article
  • Voting time: Employers’ obligations on Election Day

    The federal election has been called for October 21, 2019. Employers should be aware that, under the Canada Elections Act, they must provide employees… Read Complete Article
  • 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… 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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