To ring in the New Year, we highlight the ten most significant developments in Canadian labour and employment law in 2018. Continue Reading Top 10 Canadian Labour & Employment Law Developments of 2018

Until recently, about the only workplaces where employers had to worry about noise levels were factories, mines and oil rigs.

That all changed December 9th of last year when Regulation 381/15 was approved. Set to take effect July 1, 2016, the regulation extends noise protection requirements to the following workplaces:

  • farming operations,
  • construction projects,
  • health care facilities,
  • schools,
  • fire services,
  • police services, and
  • amusement parks

Continue Reading Turning it Down: A New Noise Regulation for Ontario

October 19, 2015 is federal election day.  Under the Canada Elections Act, employees who are eligible to vote are entitled to three consecutive hours of time off to vote without a reduction in pay. The three consecutive hours must fall within the open hours of local polling stations, which are as follows:

Electoral District Time Zone Voting Hours
Newfoundland and Atlantic Time Zones 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Eastern Time Zone 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Central Time Zone* 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mountain Time Zone* 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Pacific Time Zone 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Continue Reading Employee Voting Entitlements on Federal Election Day (October 19, 2015)

Employers and employment lawyers take heed; you cannot paint with broad strokes when it comes to human rights issues. So says the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in a recent decision that limits the application of a Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC“) ruling last year that seemed to restrict the reach of human rights legislation in the context of partnership agreements. Continue Reading No Human Rights Free Zones in the Workplace