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Government Presses Pause on Pay Transparency

If your head has been spinning with all the legislative changes lately, now you have one less thing to worry about as the Ontario government has stalled the Pay Transparency Act, which had been set to take effect January 2019. The Act, which was passed in the spring, was aimed to help close the wage...

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Bill C-86: Proposed Changes to Federal Employment Legislation

On October 29, 2018, Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures (the” Bill”) was tabled. If passed, employers who are federally regulated for employment purposes (i.e. governed by the Canada Labour Code) will be facing major changes to employment standards...

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UPDATE: Bill 47 Receives Royal Assent

Yesterday, on November 21, 2018, Bill 47 Making Ontario Open for Business Act (“Open for Business Act”) received Royal Assent with an effective date of January 1, 2019. The Open for Business Act repeals many of the workplace amendments implemented by the previous Liberal government under the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, better known...

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Upcoming Legislation Changes in Quebec

Further to our e2r® Alert earlier this year, on March 20, 2018, Quebec’s Minister responsible for Labour, Dominique Vien, presented Bill 176: An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions mainly to facilitate family-work balance (“Bill”) in the Quebec National Assembly. Bill 176 has since come into force with many...

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The Times, They are a Changin’…

The British Columbia Government recently introduced Bill 50, The Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2018. If passed, this Bill will significantly change B.C.’s human rights regime, which hasn’t been the subject of change since 2002. Noteworthy, the Bill proposes to do the following: Extend the time for filling a complaint from 6 months to 12...

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Repeal of Bill 148

Earlier today the Ontario government announced its intention to propose the Making Ontario Open for Business Act (“Open for Business Act”). The Open for Business Act, if passed, will repeal many of the workplace amendments implemented by the previous Liberal government under the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, better known as Bill 148. Significant...

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Make up your mind already! A classic employee resignation story

It is well-established law in Canada that an employee’s resignation must be a clear and unequivocal demonstration of the employee’s intention to resign. Additionally, employers generally have to provide employees with a “cooling off period” in cases where an employee’s resignation was emotionally driven or was in response to other extenuating circumstances. However, what happens...

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No Employment Agreement? No Termination Provision? Pay the Price!

A recent case from the British Columbia Court of Appeal is yet another reminder to employers of the importance of enforceable employment agreements and termination provisions. The case in particular emphasizes this point given the short service of the employee upon termination and the sizeable reasonable notice award. In January 2014, Mr. Pakozdi joined B...

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