Join Baker & McKenzie on January 27, 2016 for the second half of a special, 2-part webinar series, which will focus on key updates in the US and around the globe. Drawing on the legal talent of Baker & McKenzie’s global employment team, the webinars will feature a panel of top lawyers discussing major developments in 2015 and trends to watch for in 2016.

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On December 10, 2015, Bill 109, the Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015 (the “Act“) received Royal Assent. The Act introduces new labour relations provisions for two large groups of employees in Ontario: firefighters and public sector employees. Most significantly, the Act also amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (“WSIA“), increasing employer liability (retroactively, in some cases) regarding workers’ compensation claims and survivor death benefits.

Continue Reading Retroactive Liability and Other Amendments to Labour and Employment Legislation in Ontario

Increasingly, legislators in a variety of jurisdictions have been placing social reporting obligations on multinational employers, particularly in relation to corporate efforts to combat forced labour and trafficking in supply chains. Multinational entities with complex supply chains that stretch around the globe need to take note of the shifting landscape away from voluntary reporting on CSR efforts to mandatory disclosure reports, specifically in relation to global labour rights, practices, and policies.

Chris Burkett, a member of Baker & McKenzie’s Labour, Employment and Employment Benefits Practice Group, has written on this trend, most recently in The Guardian, which can be viewed online here:  http://tinyurl.com/nklbxcv.

In Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 1, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) was asked to determine whether the current process of collective bargaining available to members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is constitutional. In finding that the current scheme is unconstitutional, the SCC clarified the requirements for collective bargaining regimes under the right to freedom of association. Continue Reading Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Scope of Constitutional Freedom of Association

(Canadian businesses with U.S. & international operations should consider this webinar.)

2014 has been yet another active year for employers, with significant labor and employment developments in the U.S. Now is the time for employers to update their employment handbooks, policies, and internal company practices to reflect both Federal and state developments from this past year, and for U.S. multinational companies to sharpen their employment-related business strategies for 2015.

Continue Reading Navigating U.S. and International Employment Laws (Webinar)