On June 23, 2023, significant amendments to the criminal conspiracy provision of the Competition Act will come into effect.
Most notably, these amendments will make it an offence for employers to agree to fix, maintain, decrease or control wages or other terms of employment – also known as a “wage-fixing agreement”.
They will also make it an offence for employers to agree to refrain from hiring or trying to hire one another’s employees – sometimes referred to as a “no-poach agreement”.
The penalties for violating the new prohibition on wage-fixing and no-poach agreements will potentially be very serious and could even include a prolonged period of imprisonment.
As a result, employers will have to be careful not to engage in any conduct that could violate the new prohibition, even inadvertently.
On June 28th, join our lawyers, Sarah Lapointe and Pieter Bakker as they discuss the scope of these incoming legislative changes, including how the new prohibition will apply in practice as well as the exemptions, exceptions and legal defences that might be available to employers with respect to its application.
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