News & Events
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”.
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.
May 10, 2018
On January 1, 2018, a number of amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) came into effect under Bill 148. These amendments required substantial updates to employer practices, policies, and handbooks. One of the amendments was to the public holiday pay formula in Part X of the ESA. However, the new rules and formula
May 8, 2018
On April 20, 2018, the Government of Ontario filed long anticipated amendments to the general regulations under the Pension Benefits Act, which significantly change the funding requirements for defined benefit pension plans. The regulations are the product of a public consultation begun by the Ontario government, initially announced in the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and
May 1, 2018
Koskie Minsky LLP is pleased to congratulate Andrea Bowker on her acceptance of the position of Solicitor at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Andrea has been a valued member of the Firm’s Labour Law group since 2012 and will bring 22 years of labour law experience, both in private practice and as in-house counsel, to
April 26, 2018
David Rosenfeld was quoted in the April 25, 2018 CBC News article “Canada signed private agreement with Qalipu Mi’kmaq days before contentious changes to application process.” To read the article, please click here. For more information about the class action and updates as they occur, please click here.
April 25, 2018
We are delighted to announce that Arleen Huggins has been named the recipient of the 2018 Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) President’s Award for the outstanding work she has done throughout her career for the promotion and advancement of racialized women in the law. Congratulations to Arleen on this distinguished and well-deserved honour! For
Benefit plans can discriminate against marijuana: Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund v Skinner, 2018 NSCA 31
April 24, 2018
In Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund v Skinner, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal considered what constituted discrimination in the denial of access to coverage for medicinal marijuana, emphasizing the deference that courts and tribunals will give to the administrator of a benefit plan in choosing what drugs the plan will cover. The case