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The 2016 To Do List for Ontario HR

I am a lover of lists and a new year is definitely the time for lists and resolutions.  My love of lists and the satisfaction of deleting completed tasks has been reinforced by a neuroscience professor who recommends lists to get a more organized and calmer brain. (The short article and podcast link is: http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/neuroscientist-really-wants-you-to-make-lists.html.) For Ontario HR Practitioners who are similarly inclined, here’s my To Do list for 2016.

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Dec 17, 2015
Top 10 Employment & Labour Law Cases & Trends in 2015

Issues arising from employment relationships continued to make the news in 2015, as both the Ontario legislature and our Courts weighed in on the changing economy and its impact on workplaces, human rights concerns and the rights and responsibilities of employees at work.

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Dec 10, 2015
Ontario Passes New Legislation Aimed to Protect Workers

As announced today by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the Ontario government has passed the Employment and Labour Statute Amendment Act, 2015 (the "ELSA"), which amends each of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (the "WSIA"), the Fire Prevention and Protection Act and the Public Sector Labour Relations Act.

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How Discretionary is Your Discretion? Alberta Court Awards $440,000 for Lost "Discretionary" LTIP

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has recently issued a decision that challenges certain assumptions about how discretionary bonus plans, including Long Term Incentive Plans (“LTIP”), may be dealt with on termination of employment.  In Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation 2015 ABQB 621 (CanLii), Justice D.A. Yungwirth found that Mr. Styles was inappropriately deprived of the chance to vest toward LTIP awards granted to him during his employment and awarded him significant damages to compensate him for this lost opportunity.  

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Ontario Government Introduces Bill 132: the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act

On October 27, 2015, the Ontario Government introduced legislation designed to strengthen laws addressing sexual violence and harassment and to increase protections for complainants.

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Oct 27, 2015
TAGS: AODA
AODA: A Compliance Blitz & Upcoming Deadlines

Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure has recently announced that they will be conducting targeted audits of retail companies with 500 or more employees to ensure workplaces are compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The audits will take place this fall during a three-month blitz. The blitz will require audited employers to show that they have met their current requirements under the AODA as of January 1, 2015.  For a list of AODA requirements as of January 1, 2015, see our previous e-lerts here and here.

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Aug 21, 2015
Does the Charter Trump Human Rights?

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal has interesting implications when it comes to competing rights, particularly when some of those rights are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Reminder: Ontario’s Minimum Wage to Increase

As a result of amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) last year, on October 1, 2015, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase from $11 to $11.25 per hour. Industry-specific minimum wages for liquor servers, homeworkers, students, and hunters/fishers are also set increase.

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