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Breakfast Seminar – Significant changes looming to workplace laws for federal employers: labour standards amendments to the Canada Labour Code and a new proactive Pay Equity Act

14 June, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:15 am


The federal government’s sweeping amendments to modernize the labour standards provisions of the Canada Labour Code (CLC) will bring extensive and costly changes to federally-regulated employers covered by the CLC. Several amended and new labour standards are expected to come into force on September 1, 2019, with more to come in 2020.

The Bill C-86 introduction of a new proactive Pay Equity Act will require federally-regulated employers to ensure that men and women performing work of equal value are paid equally. The Pay Equity Act is expected to come into force in 2020, and federal private and public sector employers with 10 or more employees will have significant work ahead of them to establish a pay equity plan within three years of the Act coming into effect.

Please join Emond Harnden’s Steven Williams and Raquel Chisholm as they host an informative discussion of these changes and what they will mean for federally-regulated employers. Attendees will benefit from the presenters’ experience advising federal employers in a variety of sectors, and will receive practical tips and guidance on how federal employers can begin to prepare now for these new and amended obligations.


Overview of the new Pay Equity Act:

  • Creation of a pay equity committee
  • Preparation of a pay equity plan
  • Increases in compensation for the purpose of achieving pay equity


Canada Labour Code changes that will be addressed include the following:

  • A new employee right to request flexible work arrangements
  • New requirements on employers to provide employees with notice of shift changes and notice of schedule
  • A new right to refuse overtime because of family responsibilities
  • A new requirement for equal treatment based on employment status (e.g. full-time, part-time, casual, temporary, seasonal must be paid the same)
  • Enhanced vacation and new and enhanced statutory leaves
  • Enhanced notice of termination requirements
  • New regulation of temporary help agencies providing workers to federally-regulated employers
  • New protections under the CLC’s health and safety provisions regarding workplace harassment and violence

You can attend this Breakfast Seminar in person or via webcast.




  • This event is accredited for 1.25 CPD hour for HRPA members.

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  • This event qualifies for 1.25 substantive hour of the CPD requirement of the LSO.


Please be aware that this event will be recorded. By attending in person, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the privacy statement.

Emond Harnden is proud to host this event as a webcast for those who cannot attend in person.



14 June, 2019
8:00 am - 9:15 am
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