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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of September 16, 2019 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Study: Maximum insights on minimum wage workers: 20 years of data, 1998 to 2018
Minimum wage work is one of the key elements associated with precarious employment in Canada. A new study provides a comprehensive picture of the evolution of minimum wage work in Canada over the last two decades. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45812]
 
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2019
The market value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds totalled $1.97 trillion in the first quarter, up from the fourth quarter of 2018. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45813]
 
Employees are more aware of their worth
According to a Robert Half study, Canadian employees are putting in more work when it comes to knowing their worth.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45816]
 
Improving job situations for older workers is recommended
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has published a report that indicates that in the face of rapid population aging, governments must promote more and better job opportunities for older individuals in order to protect living standards and the sustainability of public finances.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45817]
 
Measuring and analyzing the gender pay gap: A conceptual and methodological overview
This recent Statistics Canada study looks at the different methods of measuring the gender pay gap. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45828]


Alberta
 
Limitation period to file a privacy breach claim
On May 13, 2019, the Alberta Court of Appeal clarified that the limitation period for filing civil claims for privacy breaches is not the same as a civil claim.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45814]
 
Update: Challenges to law to postpone wage reopener arbitration
The Alberta government has won an appeal to remove the injunction that was granted by the Court of Queen’s Bench to stop the coming into force of the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (introduced as Bill 9)
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45580]


British Columbia
 
Workplace support for people facing domestic violence
The British Columbia government is consulting about possible paid domestic leave to increase the support workplaces provide for people facing domestic violence.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45826]


Federally Regulated
 
Guidelines for Canada Labour Code amendments
On August 30, 2019, the federal government published a set of interpretations, policies, and guidelines (IPGs) in relation to the Canada Labour Code amendments in force September 1, 2019, which are of interest to all federally regulated employers.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45825]
 
Canada Labour Code exemptions not yet decided
The federal government has stated that they are still working on the Canada Labour Code exemptions related to the provisions in force September 1, 2019, and will issue an interim exemptions list shortly.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45815]


New Brunswick
 
WorkSafeNB new medical reporting process
WorkSafeNB has created a new and improved Medical Form 8-10. This form encourages stay-at-work and early-and-safe return-to-work for workers.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45818]


Nova Scotia
 
WCB 2020 employer assessment rates
The Nova Scotia Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) has released its 2020 employer assessment rates.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45819]


Ontario
 
Time to review your accessibility plan and prepare to file a report in 2020
Under the AODA, large organizations must complete their multi-year accessibility plan reviews by January 1, 2020, and all organizations must file an accessibility report by December 31, 2020.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45820]
 
Court continues long streak of striking down illegal termination clauses
In a recent case, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice continued a longstanding common law tradition of striking down termination clauses in employment contracts.
by Lewis Waring, Paralegal, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45821]
 
Resignation and re-employment, valid consideration and the substantive employer
The takeaway from this case for Ontario employers is three-fold. Firstly, an employee’s resignation, once accepted, may be non-retractable. If an employee who has submitted an approved resignation requests to “continue” working for the employer, that continued employment may in fact be new employment...
by Lewis Waring, Paralegal, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45822]
 
WSIB 2020 premium rates
The new Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) rate framework is scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2020, and will change how premium rates are set and the way businesses are classified.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45823]
 
WSIB is simplifying the clearance process
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is simplifying the process for contractors to obtain a clearance.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45824]
 
Ontario Court of Appeal says “moral blameworthiness” a factor in sentencing for Occupational Health and Safety Act offences
In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal found that it may be appropriate to impose harsher sentences for offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act where offenders’ conduct shows elevated “moral blameworthiness”. (In PDF)
by DLA Piper
View Article  [Article No. 45827]