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Q&A: Bill 148 increases vacation entitlements for all employees

In partnership with Stringer LLP, First Reference Inc. recently hosted the 19th Annual Employment Law Conference on June 12, 2018, where we discussed the latest legal developments on topics including practical compliance strategies in light of Bill 148. While the law is clear in theory, its application tells many stories as employers and HR professionals deal in the practical world of differing employment dynamics. In this conference Q&A, we address the increases to vacation entitlements brought forth by Bill 148.

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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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Ontario Bill 148 passed: A timeline of implementation

Ontario Bill 148 passed on November 22, 2017, enacting new employment and labour laws for the province. Employers will require assistance on when schedules in Bill 148 are being implemented.

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Bill 148 passes (but not before a few last-minute changes were made)

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Introduced on June 1, 2017 as a response to the Final Report of the Changing Workplaces Review, Bill 148 makes significant amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and most recently, the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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Ontario Bill 148: Are you really prepared?

On August 23, 2017, the Ontario Liberal Government met for the 1st reading of Ontario Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. There has been much concern in the public eye regarding the highlight of this act which states a 33% increase to minimum wage in just under 6 months.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with Bill 148 and long-term disability benefits in the context of frustrating an employment contract.

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Q&A: 48-hour advance notification of cancelled shift coming into force on January 1, 2019

Establishing a process for the practical aspects of shift cancellation notifications in a company policy would go a long way to protect employers from paying a worker who claims that he or she did not know about the cancelled shift because he or she failed to check the method of communication for notifications.

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Legislating the right to disconnect

In France, the right to disconnect was enshrined in law in 2017. French workers in companies of more than 50 people have the right to turn off their work devices outside of working hours. Will Canada follow that path?

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Q&A: What happens when an employee does not use their vacation entitlement?

In this conference Q&A, we address the alternatives when an employee chooses to not use their vacation entitlement in the vacation entitlement year as prescribed by law.

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Q&A: Critical illness leave to take care of parent outside of Canada

In this conference Q&A, we address whether employees are entitled to take critical illness leave to care for a parent who is not in Canada.

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Q&A: Maximum age of child for domestic violence leave eligibility

domestic violence leave

In this conference Q&A, we address the eligibility criteria for domestic violence leave in relation to an employee’s child.

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Does the Canada Border Services Agency have the authority to search your electronic devices?

Travellers may feel that searches of their electronic devices at border crossings are an unreasonable violation of their privacy rights. However, they need to be aware that refusing to provide their password can have serious consequences.

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The right to purreavement leave in Ontario

Nothing prevents employers from providing their workers with benefits greater than the minimum standards provided by the ESA. Will this extend to leave when a pet dies or leave when a young pet is adopted?

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Managing employee risk requires a culture of compliance

Companies need to know how to measure and analyze compliance data so they can take any necessary actions before something unethical or illegal happens. High-quality data sources with predictive power enable companies to assess their current culture of compliance and take prompt action when needed.

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Ontario employment law update: Mid-year report

Much has changed in recent weeks. The Liberal party has been replaced by the PC party as the governing party in Ontario, recreational-use cannabis will become legal on October 17, 2018, more employment standards inspectors have been hired and trained and are now conducting workplace inspections to ensure that employers are complying with Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, and there’s more.

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