In O'Reilly v IMAX Corporation, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld an award of damages for wrongful dismissal that included damages for lost restricted share units and stock options that would have vested during the common law reasonable notice period to which the employee was entitled. The Court held that the wording of the plans establishing the employee’s entitlement to these incentives did not unambiguously alter or remove the employee’s common law rights. more >
In October 2019, Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General announced several amendments to the simplified procedure regime under Rule 76 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, which will come into effect on January 1, 2020. The amendments are intended to further streamline court processes, expedite civil litigation and increase access to justice. more >
Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019, received Royal Assent on November 7, 2019 and is now in force. The Act establishes three-year “moderation periods” for both represented and non-represented employees in the public sector, during which salary increases are limited to 1% per year. more >
On June 5, 2019, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019. The Bill proposes to establish 3-year “moderation periods” during which salary increases are limited to 1% per year for both represented and non-represented employees in the public sector. more >
On June 22, 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal issued a decision in Amberber v IBM Canada Ltd, a case involving a dispute regarding the enforceability of a termination clause in an employment contract. The decision emphasizes that Courts should interpret termination clauses as a whole, and endorses the validity of “failsafe” provisions in such clauses. more >
The Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent on May 7, 2018, and is scheduled to come into force on January 1, 2019. The primary purpose of the Act is to promote gender equality and equal opportunity in employment and in the workplace. more >
Ontario Government Introduces Legislation to Repeal and Replace Bill 148
On October 23, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 47, also known as the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018. Bill 47 will repeal and replace numerous provisions and amendments introduced to labour and employment standards legislation by Bill 148, also known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.
For a convenient overview of the proposed Bill 47 amendments and their impact, download our Bill 148 Repeal Report and Chart. Continue to check our website for updates as Bill 47 proceeds toward Royal Assent.