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Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Ontario proposing income tax credit instead of minimum wage hike tax_cut_sm

With the election of Doug Ford as Ontario’s new Premier comes changes that will have immediate repercussions for a large number of employees in the Province. These changes will be felt particularly by lower income employees who rely upon the protections provided by minimum wage legislation. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:51 AM

Littler adds Canadian partner

Yusra Siddiquee is now a partner in the Toronto office of Littler Canada, the Canadian arm of the California-based management-side employment and labour law firm Littler Mendelson PC. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

FIFA must face concussion issues head-on headbut_sm.jpg

As always, rivalries and hotly contested matches are at the forefront of the FIFA World Cup this year. However, some things are different about this year’s tournament after ridicule following the 2014 edition of the games. This year, FIFA is placing a stronger priority on player safety after a report from 2014 accused the soccer federation of not following proper guidelines and protocols relating to concussions suffered by players. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:28 PM

B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons protects public by delisting uncertified doctors doctortreeshirt_sm.jpg

From 2011 to 2017, Drs. Sean and Rosemarie Cambridge, two foreign-trained physicians, provided medical care to hundreds of patients in Chilliwack, B.C., under a provisional medical licence issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. During this period of time the government paid the Cambridge physicians millions of dollars in fees, according to B.C.’s Medical Service Plan (MSP) billing records. In the fall of 2017, the Cambridge physicians’ medical licences were cancelled on the basis that they had failed to meet the requirements for continued registration and licensure. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Temporary entry for business persons under the Trans-Pacific Partnership immigration_tpp_sm

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) was signed March 8, 2018. In addition to trade provisions, the CPTPP enables foreign nationals to enter member countries for business purposes, under reciprocal agreements. This will increase opportunities for Canadians to conduct business in member countries. It will also provide additional options for foreign business persons to enter Canada without demonstrating a distinct labour market need. Instead, business persons from member countries will be eligible to enter Canada as business visitors, intra-company transferees, investors, or professionals/technicians, provided they meet the qualifying criteria. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

Sexual harassment claims a perfect storm of trouble for businesses, say lawyers Alix Herber and Sarah Graves

As a result of a #MeToo-charged environment, and because of media attention on high-profile Canadian examples, Alix Herber and Sarah Graves, who are partners at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in the labour and employment group, are busier than they’ve ever been with sexual harassment cases. ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Unpacking Doug Ford’s plan for Ontario’s energy sector | Caroline Jageman

Before he was elected, Ontario’s premier-designate Doug Ford published his vision for Ontario, “For the People, A Plan For Ontario,” and the portion that relates to energy can be divided into five main promises: ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:39 AM

Discriminatory benefit loophole closed for those over 65 | Stuart Rudner

It has been over a decade since Ontario effectively abolished mandatory retirement by amending the Human Rights Code to extend its protection against discrimination to workers over the age of 65. The legislation which effected this change had an interesting twist, however: it allowed employers to offer different (i.e., lesser) benefits to those older workers. ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

WORKERS' COMPENSATION - Compensability of injuries - Aggravation of pre-existing condition - Psychological injuries

Application by Stein for judicial review of a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal which held that she had not suffered from a compensable mental disorder and for a declaration s. 5.1 of the Workers Compensation Act was unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

Secretly recording workplace conversations can be helpful, hurtful Cellphonewithskull.jpg

With the prevalence of smartphone technology in the workplace, mobile devices are commonly used as a tool to collect and preserve evidence in workplace disputes. Audio recordings are generally the most reliable evidence documenting contentious events in the workplace. They accurately and neutrally capture parties’ communications, their tone and demeanour in a way that handwritten notes, e-mails or verbal testimony cannot. ... [read more]