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Recent and Upcoming Changes to Federal and Provincial Minimum Standards

Employers across Canada are being kept on their toes as the federal, provincial, and territorial governments continue to revise laws applicable to Canadian workplaces.

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Court of Appeal Restores Distinction Between ESA Minimum Notice Requirements and Common Law Notice

On September 19, 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Wood v. CTS of Canada Co.. The decision restores the important division between common law reasonable notice and the minimum notice provisions of the Employment Standards Act (ESA).

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Ontario Court of Appeal Provides Further Guidance on the Enforceability of Termination Provisions...Again

In a good-news decision for employers, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld another less than perfect termination provision, adding to its growing collection of decisions on the issue of the enforceability of termination provisions in individual employment contracts.

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Videocast - Bill 148: Significant Changes on the Horizon for Labour and Employment Laws

Cassels Brock recently hosted a seminar highlighting some of the significant changes and implications of Bill 148 and discussing strategies on how to best prepare for these changes to employment standards, enforcement measures and labour relations. You can now watch a videocast of this seminar - featuring Laurie Jessome, Caitlin Russel and Pamela Hinman - here.

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Timeline of Bill 148 Amendments to the ESA, 2000

Bill 148 made significant amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000. Below we have provided a timeline outlining when the most significant changes will come into force. Please note that this is a summary only, and does not contain all of the details relating to the amendments outlined below. Should you require further information regarding any of the amendments, please contact one of the lawyers in CBB’s Employment and Labour Group.

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Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, Passes Second Reading

On June 1, 2017, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. As we have previously reported, if passed, Bill 148 will significantly alter the employment and labour landscape in Ontario. Today, Bill 148 passed Second Reading after debate in the Ontario Legislature, moving one step closer toward becoming law. The Ontario Government published a news release regarding the Bill’s status, which can be found here.

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New prohibited grounds of discrimination may be added to Ontario’s Human Rights Code

The Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017 (“Bill 164”) was introduced to the Ontario Legislature and passed First Reading on October 4, 2017.  Bill 164 proposes to add four new prohibited grounds of discrimination to Ontario’s Human Rights Code:

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