Update on Class Actions for Unpaid Overtime

In a previous newsletter, we reported on the repeated attempts in recent years by Canadian employees to launch class action claims for unpaid overtime against their employers. In our Spring 2010 issue, we reported on a decision of the Ontario Superior Court, certifying a class action which authorized a claim against the Bank of Nova […]

Court of Appeal Establishes Test to be Applied in Determining if a Government Program is Discriminatory under the Ontario Human Rights Code

In Director, Ontario Disability Support Program v. Tranchemontagne et al., the Court of Appeal established the test to be applied in determining whether a government program is discriminatory under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and determined whether that test involves the same analysis for discrimination that is applied under s. 15 of the Canadian Charter […]

Bill C-28: How will it affect Your Organization?

Bill C-28, the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act, received Royal Assent in December 2010. Similar in many respects to its predecessor, Bill C-27, the Electronic Commerce Protection Act, which died on the order paper in December 2009, Bill C-28 aims to prohibit the sending of unsolicited commercial electronic messages. The anti-spam rules apply to […]

Bill 68 Update

We first reported on Ontario Bill 68, The Open for Business Act, 2010, in our Fall 2010 newsletter. As of January 19th, 2011, amendments to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) pursuant to Bill 68 have changed the ESA claims process in Ontario. The amendments aim to encourage employers and employees to resolve ESA issues internally, […]

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Orders Reinstatement of Air Canada Pilots

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of two Air Canada pilots compelled to retire upon reaching age 60. The pilots’ retirement was mandatory according to the terms of both the pension plan and the collective agreement between the airline and the union. The two Air Canada Pilots argued that being forced to […]