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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with 2019 payroll rates, proposed changes to the Employment Insurance Act and issuing ROEs on time.

 

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Remembrance Day, a public holiday for some, memorial day for others

Remembrance Day falls on Sunday, November 11 in 2018. Although Remembrance Day was declared a legal holiday like Canada Day and Victoria Day under the federal Holidays Act on March 1, 2018, provinces and territories determine which days are public holidays in their regions.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with maximum pensionable earnings and Canada Pension Plan contribution rates for 2019, smoking and vaping signage and fringe benefits.

 

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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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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with new prohibited grounds of discrimination, the Canada Pension Plan and employment and labour standards.

 

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Thanksgiving Day in Canada: Monday, October 8

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October every year. This year, Thanksgiving Day is Monday, October 8.

 

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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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Labour Day is an annual and global holiday

Labour Day is an annual and global holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers around the world. For most countries, Labour Day is linked with International Workers’ Day, which occurs on May 1. For other countries, Labour Day is celebrated on a different date, often one with special significance for the labour movement in that country.

 

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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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Court disregards release where settlement “unconscionable”

The Ontario Superior Court recently allowed an employee to proceed with claims against his former employer regarding long-term disability insurance, even though he had signed a release in exchange for a severance package when his employment ended.

 

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

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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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Is the first Monday in August considered a statutory holiday? It depends!

Although most commonly referred to as the “Civic Holiday” in Ontario, the holiday is referred to differently across Canada. For instance, in British Columbia, the holiday is referred to as British Columbia Day and in Manitoba, the holiday is named Terry Fox Day.

 

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HRTO: Terminating benefit plans for employees 65 and over is unconstitutional

Talos v Grand Erie District School Board involved an employee whose extended health, dental and life insurance benefits were terminated by his employer, Grand Erie District School Board, when he turned age 65, although he continued to work on a full-time basis.

 

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Differential treatment in pension and benefit plans based on date of hire now prohibited in Québec (or is it really?)

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There is no question that Bill 176, An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards, removes some flexibility in plan design going forward. That being said, there are still ways to structure plan design changes that will achieve the employer’s objectives without running afoul of the prohibition under Bill 176

 

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Q&A: Pro-rating personal emergency leave benefit for contract employees

In this conference Q&A, we address the application of personal emergency leave for contract employees.

 

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