On November 15, 2018, the Ontario government introduced legislation to, among other things, delay the January 1, 2019 in force date of the Pay Transparency Act, 2018  (“Act”). Bill 57, Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018, is omnibus legislation to enact, amend and repeal various statutes and is currently at the Second Reading stage. Continue Reading Ontario Proposes Delay & Rethinking of Pay Transparency Act

We recently wrote about the Ontario government’s proposed changes to the province’s employment standards and labour relations legislation – see our blog posts here and here. On June 1, 2017, the Minister of Labour, the Honourable Kevin Flynn, introduced legislation to affect these changes. Continue Reading Early Approval Across Party Lines for ESA & LRA Amending Legislation

Earlier this year, we wrote about the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) publication of the Final Rule, which significantly increased the minimum salary an employee must earn to qualify for the “white collar” exemption and the highly compensated employee exemption under federal law (see our blog post here). However, on November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas blocked the enactment of the amendments that were set to go into effect next week on December 1, 2016. Finding that the DOL had exceeded its authority in increasing the salary basis for these exemptions, the court entered a nationwide preliminary injunction against the amendments going into effect.

For further information about the court’s preliminary order and our recommended actions for employers with operations in the US, please read our client alert.

DOL Podcast Web BannerSince the highly anticipated overtime rule was announced on May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s changes have been top of mind for Canadian businesses with operations in the U.S., and our clients have reached out to us with a number of questions regarding the Final Rule’s impact on their organizations. In this podcast, we address the most common questions clients have asked Baker & McKenzie, and we provide our recommendations for the steps employers should take to comply. Follow this link to listen to the podcast.

Podcast Speakers:

Emily HarbisonArthur Rooney | Ryan Vann | Kevin Whittaker

For further information on the Final Rule, please see our earlier post.

Canadian businesses with operations in the United States should be aware of recent and significant changes to the overtime rules. Yesterday, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published the long-awaited amendments to the “white collar” exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees, as well as the provision governing highly-compensated employees.  The Final Rule significantly increases the minimum salary an employee must earn to qualify for a white collar exemption and for the highly compensated employee exemption under federal law.  The increased minimum salary must be implemented by December 1, 2016, which gives employers approximately 200 days to prepare for and comply with the Final Rule. Continue Reading US Department of Labor Publishes Final Overtime Rules

On October 27, 2015, the Ontario Government introduced legislation as part of its action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment. Bill 132, An Act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters, presents changes to various statutes, aimed at making workplaces, university campuses, and communities safer, while recognizing the needs of survivors of sexual violence and harassment. Below are the key proposed amendments affecting employers. Continue Reading More Protection for Students and Workers Against Sexual Harassment or Violence

In a previous post, we discussed potential changes proposed under the Bill 18, known as the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act. This Bill was passed on November 20, 2014. We have summarized the key changes to Ontario legislation and their effective dates below for easy reference. Continue Reading Bill 18: Changes to Ontario Employment Legislation Receive Royal Assent