EI Extended Parental Benefits are now in Force

Changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits regime and related leaves under the Employment Insurance Act and Canada Labour Code came into force on December 3, 2017. As previously reported, this new regime, enacted under Bill C-44, will to allow parents to choose between: an extended period of EI parental benefits of up to […]

Court of Appeal of Alberta Upholds Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy

In Suncor Energy Inc. v Unifor Local 707A, the Court of Appeal of Alberta held that arbitration panel’s decision to strike down Suncor’s random drug and alcohol policy was unreasonable. You may recall that Bird Richard previously reported on the arbitration award and the lower court decision of this case. The employer, Suncor, implemented random […]

New ESA Obligations now in Force

Bill 148, which makes a number of amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), the Labour Relations Act, 1995, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) received Royal Assent on November 27, 2017. This article will address the timeline of the coming into force of Bill 148’s main amendments to the ESA and […]

Policy on Mandatory Standby Shifts was Unreasonable and Unfair, Supreme Court of Canada Holds

In Association of Justice Counsel v. Canada (Attorney General), the Supreme Court of Canada considered the scope of the “management rights” clause contained in a Collective Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Association of Justice Counsel (AJC) and struck down a mandatory requirement for government lawyers to be available for standby shifts for […]

Provincial Government Prepares for the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

The provincial government of Ontario has introduced Bill 174 in preparation for the coming into force of the Cannabis Act (or Bill C-45). As previously reported, if it is approved by Parliament, Bill C-45 could become law with a target date of no later than July 2018, legalizing recreational cannabis across Canada. Bill 174 was […]