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Claire-Marie Colantuoni advises on a wide range of labour and employment law matters, providing practical legal and business advice to both domestic and international clients. Called to the bar in both Ontario and Quebec, her practice encompasses all areas of labour and employment law in both Canadian common law and Quebec’s civil law jurisdictions, with a particular focus on employment standards, wrongful dismissals, workplace policies, human rights, occupational health and safety, and privacy.

The National Assembly of Quebec has made wide-ranging changes to the province’s labour standards legislation. The amendments were enacted through Bill 176, An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions mainly to facilitate family-work balance, which received Royal Assent on June 12, 2018. Employers with operations in Ontario and Alberta, should also be aware that these provinces also made significant changes to their respective employment standards legislation earlier this year.

This is the first of two articles summarizing the key changes in Quebec. This article outlines changes to the scope of liability for directors and officers and new compliance obligations for Quebec employers. The second article will outline changes to leave entitlements. Continue Reading Quebec Makes Broad Changes to its Workplace Standards

The holiday season is upon us and so is festive cheer. Employment Insurance (“EI”) may not be at the top of, if at all on, employer holiday and New Year’s checklists, however, aiming to save in the New Year may well be.

The EI Premium Reduction Program (the “Program”) allows employers to save on their annual EI premium contributions. Employers who provide a short-term disability plan to their employees are eligible for the Program if the plan meets the prescribed requirements. Continue Reading New Year’s Checklist: Employment Insurance and the Premium Reduction Program