Employer News

Looking for information on emerging trends and developments in labour and employment law? Check here regularly for the latest updates on issues that could impact your workplace.

Infectious Disease Emergency Leave​ Extended to July 3, 2021

Effective December 17, 2020, the temporary relief measures of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) implemented by O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (the “Regulation”) have been extended to July 3, 2021. The extension of the “COVID-19 Period” in the Regulation ensures the measures implemented on May 29, 2020 remain in effect until at least July 3, 2021. These measures had previously been set to expire on January 2, 2021. The remaining aspects of the Regulations are unchanged and have been summarized in a previous post.

Accessibility Compliance Report Deadline Extended from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021

AODA requires that public sector organizations and businesses and non-profit organizations with 20 or more employees complete an accessibility compliance report each year. The deadline to submit this compliance report is typically December 31 of each year. However, in acknowledgement of the challenges faced by affected employers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to file the accessibility compliance report has now been extended to June 30, 2021. more >

New Federal Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regime to Take Effect January 1, 2021

On June 24, 2020, the federal government announced a new regime to help ensure that federally regulated workplaces are free from harassment and violence. The new regime will come into force on January 1, 2021, and will include changes to Part II of the Canada Labour Code by Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), as well as the federal government’s Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulationsmore >

Province Introduces Regulatory Amendment Regarding Mandatory COVID-19 Screening for Ontario Employees

On September 25, 2020, the Ontario Government amended Ontario Regulation 364/20 “Rules for Areas in Stage 3” under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. The amendment requires businesses or organizations to operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals.
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