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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…

Federal Government Tables Amendments to Incoming Canada Labour Code Medical Leave with Pay Provisions

On December 17, 2021, Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Labour Code (“Bill C-3”),…

ONCA Confirms Single Act of Sexual Harassment Met the Just Cause Standard for Termination of Employment for Long Service Employee

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal confirms that even a single incident of workplace sexual harassment can…

Ontario Government Introduces the Working for Workers Act, 2022  

On February 28, 2022, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022 (“Bill 88”) as part…

Update on the Requirement for a Policy on Disconnecting from Work under the Ontario ESA

Bill 27, which received royal assent on December 2, 2021, amended the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”) to…

Ontario Government Resumes Reopening Plans Following Omicron Setback

In an effort to slow the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the province of Ontario has been subject…

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