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An Alberta UCP government – consequences for employers

n April 16, 2019, the recently formed United Conservative Party of Alberta (“UCP”) won a majority government in Alberta. This blog post provides a summary of key positions the UCP adopted during their campaign that will affect employers and the workplace.

 

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Ontario’s new employer-friendly employment laws

Some recent changes in the law make Ontario’s employment laws more employer-friendly – especially for small businesses; this blog post discusses five of these changes.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the 2019-20 Budget and privacy issues with Equifax.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the 2019 Federal Budget and the tax changes of interest to employers and employees, the elimination of MSP premiums in BC and a look at a case recently in front of the Ontario Court of Appeal regarding the tort of harassment.

 

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How US federal cannabis legalization would affect US immigration laws

During the 115th United States Congress, several Bills were introduced to legalize marijuana at the federal level. The Bills that received the most attention were:

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the 2019-20 Budget, privacy guidelines in Alberta for managing emails and what happens when an employer overpays an employee by mistake.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a new statutory holiday, an overhaul of health care and a new minimum wage.

 

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Welcome to 2019 with new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada: A summary

Welcome to 2019 and a load of new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with Bill 47 that makes reforms to employment and labour laws and ESA-only termination clauses.

 

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Ontario announces that it will be “making Ontario open for business” by repealing Bill 148

Today the Government of Ontario announced that it will introduce sweeping “Open for Business” legislation that will remove burdens on businesses while also protecting workers. In other words, the Government of Ontario, as promised, will be “getting rid” of Bill 148.

 

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Canadian companies should educate their employees prior to marijuana legalization

In order to minimize the risk of employees being barred from the United States, Canadian employers should educate their workforce on the above issues prior to (or soon after) October 17, 2018.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with OHRC’s annual report, new service dog signage for businesses and the Speech from the Throne.

 

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Measuring the costs of red tape for small business

It was not until more recently that the costs of compliance were measured within Canada. Its burden was often overlooked, and still can be today.

 

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Recent updates on the legalization of marijuana

Employers may prohibit the use of recreational marijuana at work or during working hours and may also prohibit employees from attending work while impaired. Workplace rules regarding non-medical use of marijuana may be enforced through the application of the employer’s substance abuse and progressive discipline policies. Find out how.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with CRA’s announcement that it will stop reviewing and disallowing “other employment expenses” on income tax returns, the 2018-19 Federal Budget and last year’s employment standards enforcement blitz results.

 

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