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|Supreme Court of Canada Gives Quick Win To BCTF On Parental Benefits|
Christopher McHardy; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 27, 2014The Supreme Court of Canada recently made a rare oral ruling from the bench, giving the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (“BCTF”) a quick win in their appeal of a decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal regarding discrimination and unequal treatment under the Human Rights Code and the...
|New Minimum Wage Requirements and Significant Changes to Workplace Laws Coming to Ontario with Passing of Bill 18|
Brittany Taylor; Davis LLP;
December 3, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014On November 6, 2014, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 (the “Act”), also known as Bill 18, passed third reading in the Ontario legislature. The Act includes a number of significant changes of concern for Ontario employers including:
|OH&S Month Part 3: Annual Review Of Your Bullying and Harassment Policies|
Donovan Plomp; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014The deadline for compliance with WorkSafeBC’s bullying and harassment policies was last November 1, 2013. We’d like to remind all BC employers that certain obligations under the policies require an annual review.
|OH&S Month Part 4: The Loneliest Number? Regulations for Employees Working Alone|
Christopher McHardy; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014Many employees work alone or in isolation, whether from time to time or as a regular part of their work. In addition to an employer’s general statutory obligation to ensure a safe work environment under the Workers’ Compensation Act, employers have additional specific obligations to...
|New Reporting Requirements for Multiple Employer Retirement Plans|
Dale R. Vlasek; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014Tucked away in the provisions of The Co-Operative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act, enacted in April 2014, was a revision to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which adds additional reporting requirements for multiple employer pension plans.
|Commission To Study Costs of Worker’s Compensation Insurance|
William N. Smart, Ralph Suozzo; Morrison Mahoney LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014A May 2014 press release from the New Hampshire Department of Insurance confirms what most of us already know. Worker’s compensation insurance in New Hampshire is expensive. Very expensive. The Oregon Worker’s Compensation Rate Ranking Study concluded that New Hampshire is the...
|Defending Your Client In A Workplace Accident? Don’t Forget Your Workers’ Compensation Colleagues!|
James Gilroy; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
November 27, 2014, previously published on November 11, 2014Accidents or injuries involving alleged dangerous products often occur in the workplace. It is basic tort law that an employee on duty is barred from bringing suit against his employer by operation of the Workers’ Compensation Law, provided the employer maintained Workers’ Compensation...
|Compliance Reminder - New Statutory Leaves in Ontario|
Catherine P. Coulter; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014Employers should be aware that effective as of October 29, 2014, statutory leaves of absence in Ontario under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) will be expanded to include the new “family caregiver leave”, “critically ill child care leave” and...
|Updated New Jersey Poster Required - Minimum Wage Increase Coming!|
Teleicia J. R. Dambreville; Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP;
November 20, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014An updated Wage and Hour Law Abstract poster has recently been issued by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The poster now reflects the new minimum wage of $8.38, which is effective January 1, 2015—this is an increase of 13 cents an hour from the current minimum...
|Supreme Court Rejects Dual-Purpose Doctrine in Workers' Compensation Claims|
Nicholas E. Davis, Lawrence C. Davison, Samuel M. Duran, Christopher B. Ermisch, Cynthia C. Felson; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
November 18, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014On Oct. 21, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued a ruling that eliminates the application of the dual-purpose doctrine in workers' compensation claims. Under the doctrine, an employee may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits if the injury occurred while the employee was traveling for...