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Budget announces social finance accelerator initiative
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • April 21 2015

A little over two years ago, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (now Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)) launched the


Maternity and parental leave in Alberta
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • February 2 2015

When an employee provides notice that they will be commencing a maternity or parental leave, many employers have questions regarding their


Employer communication during union drives: the dos and don’ts
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • April 27 2015

There is not much more frightening for employers than the possibility of becoming unionized. Upon learning of a union drive in the workplace, an


Investigations in the workplace
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • November 7 2014

Workplace investigations are inevitable for most organizations and employers face significant pressure to conduct them properly. A flawed


BC Court of Appeal rules in favour of the provincial government on regulating class sizes and composition
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • May 7 2015

On April 30, 2015, the BC Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the BC provincial government in a longstanding dispute regarding BC teachers' right to


Overhaul of the “holiday pay” rules under the Canada Labour Code effective March 16, 2015
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • March 3 2015

There are major changes coming to the "holiday pay" rules for federally regulated employees. Under the current regime, holiday pay calculations vary


Employees’ Voting Rights Act significantly changes federal labour relations
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • January 16 2015

The Employees' Voting Rights Act (the "EVRA") significantly changes the way in which unions gain and lose bargaining rights in the federal sector in


The continuing evolution of workplace disability law: two provincial courts at odds on the deductibility of disability benefits from severance pay
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • March 2 2015

Workplace disability poses many practical and legal challenges for employers. Employers must balance their own business interests with an employee's


Temporary help agencies and their clients: joint liability coming soon in Ontario
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • April 6 2015

As reported in our January Communiqué, the Stronger Workplace for a Stronger Economy Act is now in effect. This post serves as a reminder to


Unjust dismissal clarified: without cause terminations not prohibited by the Canada Labour Code
  • Miller Thomson LLP
  • Canada
  • February 4 2015

The unjust dismissal sections of the Canada Labour Code ("Code") were, at one time, thought to have provided enhanced job security for non-unionized