Firm Announcements

The Firm welcomes our new Associate, Peter MacTavish. Peter worked as in-house counsel for one of our large crown corporation clients. Peter brings to the Firm a full range of expertise in labour and employment law. We also welcome our new Articling Student, Katherine Symonds.

Bill C-29: Amendments to Federal Private Sector Privacy Legislation

On May 25th, 2010, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-29, which will alter the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”). The changes to the federal private sector privacy legislation are the result of a parliamentary review of the legislation that occurred in 2007. Among the proposed amendments are changes which include: mandatory […]

Bill 119: WSIB Clearance Certificates

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) has developed draft policies to support the implementation of Bill 119, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act, 2008. Under the draft policies, the WSIB anticipates the launching of a web-based eClearance system for obtaining clearance certificates. Clearance certificates are issued to employers (or contractors and subcontractors in […]

Ontario Government to Extend Wage Freeze to Unionized Public Sector Employees

Unionized public service employees are being asked by the Ontario government to accept a wage freeze. On March 25th, 2010, the Ontario government tabled Bill 16, which included the Creating the Foundation for Jobs and Growth Act, 2010. This Act enforces a two-year freeze on compensation structures and affects MPPs and over 350,000 non-unionized public […]

Arbitrator Denies Severance to Employees on Strike at the Time Their Employer Went Out of Business

In a recent decision out of Saskatchewan, an arbitrator denied severance pay to employees who were on strike at the time their employer went out of business. The employer ran a specialized printing company that printed tickets for professional sports teams, airline tickets and boarding passes, transit tickets and passes for the Toronto Transit Authority, […]

Appropriate Monitoring of Employee E-mail Accounts

With the use of e-mail, instant messaging and social networking becoming increasingly popular, many employers are beginning to question how they can appropriately supervise employee’s use of technology in the workplace. The Assistant Privacy Commissioner addressed the complaint of an employee pursuant to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, which alleged that his […]

Ontario Bill 68: The Open for Business Act, 2010

Ontario Bill 68, The Open for Business Act, 2010, was tabled on May 17th, 2010. The Act proposes 100 amendments to various acts. In particular, the Government of Ontario seeks to modernize the employment standards regime as follows: elimination of a backlog of employment standards claims within two years (by launching a Task Force in […]