Recent amendments to the PIPEDA: the Privacy Commissioner’s Discretionary Investigation Powers

In order to improve internal operational efficiencies at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) and to better serve Canadians, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA, the “Act”) has been amended. Some amendments have already been enacted, while others are forthcoming. The amendments are, in large part, a result of the five-year […]

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Update

Emergency procedure, plans or public safety information 13. (1) In addition to its obligations under section 12, if an obligated organization prepares emergency procedures, plans or public safety information and makes the information available to the public, the obligated organization shall provide the information in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports, as soon […]

Employee or Independent Contractor: The Intention of the Parties Matters

Two recent decisions of the Tax Court of Canada confirm that the intention of the parties is an important consideration in the determination of whether there is an employee-employer relationship, or an independent contractor relationship. In Prue v. Canada (Minister of National Revenue), Prue worked as a product demonstrator at grocery stores in the Vancouver […]

Bill 160 receives Royal Assent

As part of the Government’s commitment to act on the recommendations made by the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety that was led by Tony Dean, Bill 160, the Occupational Health and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2011 was adopted. The Bill amends two statutes: the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the […]

Court of Appeal Quashes a $1.6 Million Wrongful Dismissal Award

After a trial judge granted an award of $1.6 million, in addition to pay in lieu of notice, the Alberta Court of Appeal quashed the damage award, and leave to appeal was denied by the Supreme Court of Canada. After five years as one of the top performers at the investment broker Merrill Lynch in […]