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Victoria Day, public (statutory) holiday in Canada

In Canada, Monday, May 20, 2019, is recognized as a public (statutory) holiday known as Victoria Day, except in the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). In Quebec, the public holiday is referred to as National Patriots’ Day (Journée nationale des patriotes).

 

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Avoiding pitfalls in long-term disability claims

Employers often provide their employees with access to long-term disability benefits through a group benefit plan. Group benefits are an attractive incentive for employees but can result in increased risk for the employer.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with proposed OHIP changes for travel benefits, rising health benefit costs and expanding statutory leaves in Saskatchewan.

 

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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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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with changes to employment standards in British Columbia, a class action lawsuit against RBC/Aviva and proposed workplace harassment and violence prevention regulations.

 

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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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How a bad hire could lead to damages for constructive dismissal

In the wake of the #metoo movement, one question that has arisen, and which our firm has commented upon is how employers are to react when those individuals attempt to return to the workforce.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the Ministry of Labour’s health and safety compliance plan, a new occupational health and safety strategy and the bill to implement the 2019 budget measures in Ontario.

 

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Class action lawsuit against RBC/Aviva

According to an April 23, 2019, CNW press release, an $80-million class action lawsuit has been filed against RBC Insurance and Aviva General Insurance alleging that the company’s practice of calculating vacation and public holiday pay for commissioned salespeople violated the Ontario Employment Standards Act.

 

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Mutual release set aside due to fraudulent misrepresentation

In Markicevic v York University (2018 ONCA 813), the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s decision to set aside a settlement with its ex-employee to whom they had paid 36 months severance pay only to find out later that he had actually ripped them off for a million dollars.

 

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Target benefit plans – From New Brunswick to Ontario to the UK

In the most recent provincial budget, the Ontario government has signaled its willingness to expand its proposed target benefit framework outside the unionized environment.

 

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Good Friday, Easter and Passover in 2019

Good Friday and Easter Sunday coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover in 2019.

 

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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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Employee caused data breaches: What’s an organization to do?

Data and privacy breaches caused by hacking and social engineering fraud are here to stay. Once considered an emerging risk, cyber is now a reality facing every organization.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with employment standards changes, labour standards changes and other employment law related acts impacted by under Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019.

 

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