News & Events
July 9, 2018
As many readers are already aware, the new Personal Emergency Leave provisions in s. 50 of the Employment Standards Act, as well as the provisions in the Regulations that provide an exemption to construction employers allowing them to pay .8% of an employee’s hourly rate or wages (“Personal Emergency Pay”) in lieu of providing paid
July 9, 2018
Nancy Shapiro will be addressing the “O Cannabis! Weed in the Workplace” online seminar on July 17, 2018. The seminar will focus on “the challenges which legalized marijuana will pose for both unionized and non-unionized environments.” For more information about the online seminar, please click here.
July 4, 2018
The Michaels v. Red Deer College decision of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1976 held that employees pursuing wrongful dismissal damages have a duty to mitigate their damages. Mitigation earnings reduce the liability of the employer for damages during the notice period to the extent of those earnings. But what if the terminated employee
The Supreme Court of Canada Affirms Deference to Administrative Tribunals that Engage Charter Rights
July 3, 2018
In Law Society of British Columbia v Trinity Western University and a companion appeal, Trinity Western University v Law Society of Upper Canada, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the appropriate test for reviewing the decisions of administrative tribunals that engage rights found in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This
June 20, 2018
We are pleased to congratulate Celeste Poltak, a Partner in our Class Action Group, who has been named a winner of a 2018 Lexpert Zenith Award. This prestigious award recognizes Celeste’s Mid-Career Excellence in the Legal Profession; Practice Area of Class Actions. The awards will be presented at the Lexpert Zenith Awards Gala Event, scheduled
New Posting Requirements for Employers under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, Effective July 1, 2018
June 8, 2018
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (“SFO”) comes into force on July 1, 2018, repealing and replacing the Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015 and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (collectively, the “Repealed Acts”). Most notably for employers, the SFO contains new posting requirements for signs and prohibitions regarding the use of medical cannabis. The SFO expands on the
May 22, 2018
Ontarians head to the polls on June 7th, and the results could mean big changes for labour and employment law. While the Liberals are promising to maintain the status quo, the Progressive Conservatives are taking aim at future increases to the minimum wage and the NDP hopes to make sweeping changes to both the labour
May 31, 2018 - June 6, 2018
Murray Gold will be speaking at the Brazilian Association of Pension Funds’ International Seminar: “Framework, Governance and Sustainability of North American Pension Systems” on June 4, 2018. The event will take place at the Hilton Toronto Hotel in Toronto. Murray will be presenting on “Target Benefit Plans in Canada – Recent Innovations”.
Pension and Benefits
May 10, 2018
On January 23, 2018, a senior British Columbia arbitrator, John Kinzie, released a significant decision concerning random drug and alcohol testing in unionized workplaces. The decision, USW Locals 7884 and 9346 v. Teck Coal Ltd. followed the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada in Irving Pulp and Paper, and built upon on the arbitral
May 10, 2018
David Rosenfeld was quoted in the May 9, 2018 CBC News article “Federal court rulings could mean re-assessment of thousands of Qalipu Mi’kmaq applications.” To read the article, please click here. For more information about the class action and updates as they occur, please click here.