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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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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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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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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 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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Does a 4-day work week work for your business?

For each individual business, it will depend on whether a 4-day work week means reducing hours, or simply compacting the same hours into less time. Some research has shown that workplaces can maintain the same level of productivity with staff working 32 hours a week as they do with teams working a full 40 hours.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with and EI claim and Service Canada’s opinion, metal stress injuries at work and labour relations changes under Bill 66.

 

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Are employees entitled to receive damages for variable compensation during the reasonable notice period?

Some employees receive a large percentage of their total remuneration in variable compensation. A much litigated issue is whether the employer is required to pay variable compensation to a terminated employee during the applicable notice period and if so how is this compensation calculated.

 

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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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Federal government adopts “modern” labour standards

In the fall of 2018, the Federal Government introduced Bill C-86, the Budget Implementation Act, 2018 (“Bill”). This Bill, which primarily implements the 2018 federal budget plans, introduced a large variety of legislative changes to a number of laws. Included amongst the proposed changes is the modernization of labour standards in the Canada Labour Code and the introduction of the Pay Equity Act.

 

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Clauses to include in an employment contract

Employers in Ontario should require employees to sign an employment contract before starting work.

 

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