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TELEPHONE CONFERENCING

Experts Permitted To Testify Via Telephone

The Environmental Review Tribunal has granted a request to have expert witnesses testify via telephone conference call when the appellants argued that it would be too costly to have them attend in person, and that videoconferencing was also costly, as well as prone to technological …

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RETIREMENT

Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Mandatory Retirement Of Partners Isn’t Legal In Most Provinces

There is about to be a torrent of new litigation, the advent of an entire new area of law. And as a prelude to that revelation, the Supreme Court of Canada just released a decision permitting the B.C. branch of Faskens to force its partner, …

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SUPREME COURT OF CANADA

Right To Close Business: The Supreme Court Of Canada Rules Store Closure Illegal During Statutory Freeze

An employer’s right to close down its business for any reason and at any time has always been well established in Canada. However, a recent judgment by the Supreme Court of Canada has dramatically changed the state of the law on this matter.1
After almost a …

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HARASSMENT

Psychological Harassment: Is Quebec’s Employment Injury Review Board Also Putting An End To The Duplication Of Proceedings?

In the wake of recent decisions by judges and arbitrators holding that there is res judicata between a decision of the Commission des relations du travail (CRT) (Quebec’s labour relations board), or an arbitration award, and a claim filed with the Commission des lésions professionnelles …

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PENSION

Osler Makes Submission Re Federal Government’s Target Benefit Plan Proposal

Osler made a submission in response to the federal Government’s consultation paper “Pension Innovation for Canadians: The Target Benefit Plan”.
We provided comments with a view to ensuring that target benefit plans (TBPs) are introduced in a way that puts them on a “level playing field” with other …

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INSURANCE

Only Insurers Barred From Subrogation

Section 570 of Alberta’s Insurance Act eliminates the right of insurers providing income continuation or replacement benefits to subrogate against automobile insurers. In Hammond v DeWolfe,1 the Court of Appeal determined that the statutory bar on subrogation only applies to insurers and does not apply to …

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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

Mandatory Occupational Health And Safety Training Now In Effect

As per our blog of February 2014, the Ministry of Labour’s Training Regulation is now in effect. For further information please see below.
One of the focuses of the Dean Report was to ensure that more training was taking place on health and safety in Ontario …

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REDUNDANCY

Laid Off From Your Job? Don’t Take It Personally

If your employment was unexpectedly terminated today, it’s important to remember it’s not personal, and there is no need to despair or panic.
You are not alone. A very large number of Canadian employees have been dismissed during their careers, many more than once. As result, …

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EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

I Want To Leave Work Early To Pick Up My Child. Does My Employer Have To Accommodate Me?

New employee rights, and concomitant employer obligations, are springing up with such frequency that this weekly column barely has room to catalogue them. Following is the latest addition.
Your employer denies your request for an hour shift change to allow you to pick up your child …

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LABOUR MARKET

How Can We Improve Canada’s Labour Market?

In light of the recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program, contributors from the Maytree Foundation and the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance are looking for solutions to ensure the TFW program is used appropriately.
Employment …

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