Canadian legal rules on mandatory vaccination are currently unclear, so the specific approach to follow will need to be developed in the coming months.
Canada’s federal government confirmed on November 30, 2020 that it plans to proceed in 2021 with income tax changes which will amend the rules regarding employee stock options.
Canada’s highest court recently upheld a Canadian federal law which prohibits discrimination based on genetic grounds.
On October 20, 2020 Ontario’s provincial government introduced Bill 218, a new form of legislation which aims to protect any person from civil liability resulting from individuals being or potentially being infected with or exposed to COVID-19.
Ontario provincial government has passed regulations that make pre-entry COVID-19 screening of all workers and “essential visitors” mandatory for all businesses in Ontario.
What is still required in cases where there is a shared intent to be an independent contractor is a review of whether or not the parties acted in a manner consistent with their stated intention.
Many Canadian employers offer their employees incentives related to company performance and individual performance.
A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision opens up yet another argument which may create challenges for employers whose employees have signed employment agreements which limit amounts payable upon termination.
In a recent Ontario arbitration decision the arbitrator held that the term “period of employment” does not include periods when employees are accruing seniority but not actively working for the employer.
A recent Canadian employment law decision held that an employer did not have cause for termination when an employee refused to apologize.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, employers are permitted to ask their employees screening questions to determine whether they are at risk for carrying COVID-19.
The Ontario Labour Relations Board has provided a boost to union efforts to organize Canadian on-demand economy workers.
In the coming year, Canadian companies will face increased attention about how they are addressing modern slavery in business operations and supply chains.
The evolving law in Canada, is more nuanced, and there is often a need to closely review the facts and determine whether a contractor is independent or dependent.
Failure to document the terms of employment being offered by a purchaser can result in unanticipated liabilities.
Recently a dismissed employee successfully claimed that the company’s sole owner was personally liable for wrongful dismissal based on his oppressive actions.
Many Canadian employers mistakenly believe that they can reduce or eliminate severance liability by using a fixed term employment contract.
A Canadian arbitrator confirms the importance that dismissed employees closely review and follow the terms of negotiated settlements, especially regarding confidentiality.
Parliament has proposed major amendments to the Canada Labour Code with many of these changes coming into force on September 1, 2019.
The federal Minister of Finance has now tabled the formal legislation which would change Canadian rules regarding taxation of stock options.