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2016 Top 10 First Reference Talks

We will be taking a break for the holidays. Please note that our offices and Ask the Editor service will be closed from Friday, December 22, 2017 at noon to Monday, January 1, 2018, inclusive.


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Top 10 most-read First Reference Talks blog posts for 2017

This year on the First Reference Talks blog we’ve been covering some of the hot topics in employment and labour law and employee management. Apart from the issue of cannabis in the workplace, there seems to be varied topics making it on the list this year. Here’s the full top 10 list of the most-read First Reference Talks blog posts from our regular bloggers for 2017:


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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the new Employment Standards Regulation completing Bill 17, the payroll rates for 2018 and the Hays Canada 2018 salary guide.


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Public holiday reminders for the 2017-18 holiday season

The holidays can either be considered the most relaxing time of year or the most stressful. It is a time where families and friends gather, gifts are exchanged and countless desserts are indulged. However, leading to that point of unwinding can be stressful for many, with the balancing of family demands and workplace year-end pressures.


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5 employment law predictions for 2018

What’s in store in 2017 for HR and payroll

‘Tis the Season and 2017 is coming to a close. With this, I am predicting some of the trends to follow from an employment law perspective of 2018. Here are 5 trends to follow in the new year.


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Top 10 employment law cases of 2017

Here is a list of the cases which changed employment law in Canada in 2017 (in no particular order). Note that some of these cases are not yet published on CanLII and therefore, there is no link available.


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HRTO issues rare interim order based on family status

As common as an interim order or decision may be, it is uncommon that the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario may issue an order that institutes compliance on the part of the respondent prior to the conclusion of the matter. Such was the case Tomlinson v. Runnymede Healthcare Centre.


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Working notice inappropriate for employees who cannot work

The Ontario Superior Court recently awarded an employee on leave due to disability, damages representing the salary he would have earned had he been able to work during the working notice period set by his employer.


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$750,000 in moral and punitive damages awarded to employee left to “twist in the wind”

At almost 100 pages, Galea is a hefty case with many facets not touched upon in the above summary. That said, it marks the latest in a trend of Ontario courts issuing ever higher awards for bad employer conduct in both dismissal and subsequent litigation.


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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with current and 2018 payroll rates charts and complying with Bill 148 provisions that are in force January 1, 2018, as well as the equal pay for equal work provisions effective April 1, 2018.


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President Trump’s latest travel ban and its effect on Canadian citizens and permanent residents

On December 4, 2017, in a 7-2 decision the United States Supreme Court lifted the temporary restraining order that had initially blocked President Trump’s latest travel ban.


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Ontario Passes Bill 148

On November 22, 2017, the Ontario government passed Bill 148, which includes amendments to the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”), the Labour Relations Act (“LRA”) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). On November 27, 2017, Bill 148 received Royal Assent.


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Free prescription drug coverage for Ontario youth

Starting January 1st, 2018, prescription drugs will be free for Ontarians aged 24 and under. Ontario’s Youth Pharmacare, also known as OHIP+, is the first universal drug program of its kind in Canada. It represents a major step forward in providing health care savings for individuals, families, and employers alike.


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Before the duty to accommodate, the duty to inquire

If the duty to accommodate is a well-known concept, the duty to inquire is a fuzzy notion. The principle is that an employee seeking accommodation for a disability is under a duty to disclose sufficient information to her employer to enable it fulfill its duty to accommodate.


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Choosing a new Supreme Court judge

Last week a new judge was put forward as the recommended candidate to replace our current Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who will be retiring this month. The candidate, Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Sheilah Martin, would fill a seat that some had expected to go to an Indigenous judge, or a judge for British Columbia.


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