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Understanding Bill 124: The Government’s Control Mechanism for Public-Sector Salaries

January 29 2020 On November 8, 2019, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 124. Bill 124 is aimed at the broader public sector, including: hospitals, Crown agencies…

Termination Clauses: “the greater of x or y”, how the disjunctive nature of your termination clause could render it null and void!

February 24 2020 Here’s the take away up front: have your employment contracts reviewed at least annually. Over the last few years, in particular, the Ontario Court…

Employer Held Liable for $125,000 in Additional Damages as a result of Counterclaim

July 15 2019 The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld the award of the trial judge finding an employer liable to pay $100,000 in punitive damages and a further $25…

Bill 47 Changes to Ontario Labour and Employment Legislation Have Now Passed

November 30 2018 On October 23, 2018, the Ontario government tabled Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, for first reading in the legislature. On November 21…

Disabled Employees Cannot be Given Working Notice

October 4 2017 In a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a judge ruled that a working notice period does not apply to an employee who is on…

FSRA Releases Guidance Regarding Ongoing Impact of COVID-19

April 29 2020 Ontario’s pension regulator, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (“FSRA”), has released new guidance for pension plan administrators…

Arleen Huggins appointed to conduct investigation of PDSB

April 29 2020 On April 28, 2020, the Minister of Education appointed Arleen Huggins to conduct an investigation of the Peel District School Board (PDSB) to examine…

Hearings still “ZOOM-ing” along

April 27 2020 Recent decisions from Ontario labour tribunals show that hearings can, in some cases, proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has…

Canada’s Pension Regulators Release New Measures in Response to COVID-19

April 24 2020 This post provides a round-up of recent measures taken by Canada’s federal and provincial pension regulators in response to COVID-19. Federal The…

FSRA posts financial hardship withdrawal criteria amid Covid-19 Pandemic

April 17 2020 Ontario’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) has posted information with respect to withdrawing from locked-in accounts as a result of…