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Federal Government Announces Release of New Regulations to Support the Implementation of Paid Sick Leave under the Canada Labour Code

Regular Focus Alert readers will recall that on December 17, 2021, Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code…

New Criminal Conspiracy Provision in the Competition Act Addresses Wage-Fixing Agreements and No-Poach Agreements

Earlier this year, Bill C-19, the Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 (the “Bill”) was passed by the federal legislature…

Bill 96, Quebec’s Language Law, and Federally Regulated Private Employers

In June 2022, Quebec’s National Assembly passed Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec…

HRTO Rules Grade 1 Student's Human Rights not Breached by Teacher's Lesson on Gender Identity

On August 25, 2022, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario dismissed an application by parents of a student who attended…

Guidance for Employers on Incoming Requirement for Written Electronic Monitoring Policies

Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022, received Royal Assent on April 11, 2022.  It amended the Employment Standards Act,…

Comment Period Open on Proposed Regulations Regarding Incoming Paid Medical Leave Under the Canada Labour Code

On December 17, 2021, Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Labour Code, received Royal Assent. …

Arbitrator Dismisses Union Grievance Regarding Decision Not to Fill Position After Employee’s Retirement

On May 17, 2022, Emond Harnden’s very own Sébastien Huard and Marianne Abou-Hamad successfully represented their client in a grievance…

Arbitrator Upholds University’s Decision to Terminate Financial Officer with Lengthy History of Performance Issues and Workplace Conflict

On May 17, 2022, Arbitrator Kathleen O’Neil released her decision in The Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers’ Federation, Local 35 and…

Voting Time: Employer Obligations on Election Day

An Ontario provincial election will take place on June 2, 2022. Employers should be aware that, under the Ontario Election…

Reminder to Employers of Incoming June 2 Deadline for Written Policy on Disconnecting from Work

As discussed in previous Focus Alerts, Bill 27, the Working for Workers Act, 2021, amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000…

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