* UPDATE * Ontario Passes Bill 149, Working for Workers Four Act, 2024, Imposing Pay Transparency Requirements Among Other Things
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by Jeremy Hann and Juliette Mestre
1M ago
Special thanks to our articling student Mario Lofranco for contributing to this update. In a previous blog post, we discussed the proposed changes that Bill 149 would bring to several employment statutes, building on the Working for Workers Acts, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Bill 149 received royal assent on March 21, 2024, passing key changes to the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Digital Platform Workers’ Rights Act, 2022, the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Key Changes Job Postings: Ontario employ ..read more
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Quebec’s Bill 96 Part 2: Employment and Commercial Contracting Requirements (Video Chat)
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by Jeremy Hann and Juliette Mestre
2M ago
Special thanks to co-presenter Sarah Mavula. Quebec’s Bill 96 significantly expanded existing French language requirements under Quebec’s Charter of the French language, including new translation requirements for a wide range of employment documents. Similarly, the treatment of commercial standard form contracts (or contracts of adhesion) must now be translated into French first, even if the parties agree to proceed in a language other than French, such as English.  This video is tailored to employment counsel, HR, and advertising and marketing professi ..read more
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Shore Up 2024 Planning By Tuning Into Canadian Employer Update (Webinar Recording)
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by Andrew Shaw, Jennifer Bernardo, Jeremy Hann, Stephanie MacIntosh, Matthew De Lio, Juliette Mestre, Rono Khan, Dave Bushuev, Eleanor Dennis and Ajanthana Anandarajah
3M ago
In this 75-minute “quick hits” style session, our team provided practical advice to Canadian in-house counsel and human resources leaders and addressed what to keep top-of-mind for 2024. Among other topics, we discussed: Key legislative developments including: The progress and implications of Ontario’s latest “Working for Workers” legislation Implications of Pay Transparency Legislation in British Columbia and the rest of Canada An update on implementing the changes imposed by French Language Legislation in Quebec and the Federal Jurisdiction Significant case law d ..read more
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Reminder for Federal Employers: Changes to Termination Notice Period in Effect NOW
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by Andrew Shaw and Rono Khan
3M ago
Special thanks to our articling student Ravneet Minhas for contributing to this update. Federal employers should be aware of recent amendments to the Canada Labour Code, which increased the minimum termination notice period for federally regulated private sector employees.[1] The changes came into force February 1, 2024 and provide employees who have completed at least three years of continuous service with a longer notice period if terminated without cause. Previously, employers had to provide a minimum of two weeks’ notice of termination or pay in lieu of notice to an employee who had comple ..read more
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What Canadian Employers Need To Know About Tax Disclosure Rules in 2024 (Video Chat)
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by Andrew Shaw
4M ago
Special thanks to presenters Andrew Boyd, Andrew Morreale and Haran Viswanathan. Tune in to our latest quick chat where we outline what employers need to know about Canada’s augmented mandatory reporting rules for tax in certain transactions. This is tailored for tax professionals, lawyers, compliance officers, General Counsel, and Canadian business leaders involved in drafting and reviewing contracts (purchase agreements, minutes of settlement, etc.). These rules are important for employers to bear in mind because they potentially create reporting obligations in the context of employment law ..read more
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Stay-or-Pay Clauses in Canada?
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by Andrew Shaw
4M ago
“Stay-or-pay” clauses, a growing practice in the US, involve penalizing employees who break the tenure of their employment contract. Check out this recent article from Human Resources Director, “Stay-or-pay clauses in Canada? Experts weigh in on the U.S. trend of charging employees who quit” with insight from our own Andrew Shaw. Click here to view the article ..read more
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Baker McKenzie Named Among Greater Toronto’s Top Employers in 2024
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by George Avraam, Ajanthana Anandarajah, Juliette Mestre and Nell Slochowski
5M ago
We are proud to share that Baker McKenzie was recognized as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers (2024). Our office was selected for its culture of inclusion, friendship and support for employee development. Inclusion is at our core, as Ajanthana shared: “As a global law firm, we work very closely with our colleagues around the world. Despite our size, we have a real culture of friendship.” Please read more about this special recognition here.   ..read more
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What HR should know about the latest Working for Workers Act
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by Andrew Shaw
6M ago
We are excited to share a recent Human Resources Director article, “What HR should know about the latest Working for Workers Act” with insight from Andrew Shaw. The article discusses the latest amendments to Ontario’s Working for Workers Act. The most significant updates include the need for employers to include remote workers in their employee count in the case of mass terminations in Ontario and higher maximum fees for violations of employee protection laws. Click here to view the article (originally published by Human Resources Director ..read more
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Update: New Guidance Details Requirements Under the British Columbia Pay Transparency Act
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by Jeremy Hann and Juliette Mestre
7M ago
Special thanks to our articling student Ravneet Minhas for contributing to this update. In a previous post, we discussed the legislative trend for greater pay transparency across Canada, including in British Columbia with the recent adoption of the Pay Transparency Act. The British Columbia government has since released guidance on the application of the Act. This clarifies the requirement to include salary or wage information in all publicly advertised job postings, effective November 1, 2023. Required Wage and Salary Information in Job Postings To comply with the Act, employers (and third pa ..read more
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Best Practices for Employers Amidst Signs of a Labour Union Resurgence
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by Andrew Shaw and Dave Bushuev
7M ago
Special thanks to our articling student Ravneet Minhas for contributing to this update. With pervasive inflation and an uncertain job market, many Canadians are emerging from the pandemic with bolder workforce demands. For example, in the spring of 2023, federal public servants made headlines with the largest strike in Canadian history. More recently, 3,000 Metro grocery store workers went on strike across Toronto, demanding higher wages. In mid-October 2023, GM narrowly averted significant disruptions to its operations by reaching a deal with Unifor, which represents 4,300 workers in Ontario ..read more
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