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Ontario introduces legislation that, if passed, will impose mandatory retirement at age 60 for salaried firefighters

Jurisdiction: - Ontario

Ontario has introduced legislation that, if passed, will impose mandatory retirement at age 60 for salaried firefighters in certain circumstances.

The Bill was introduced in the Ontario Legislature on April 18, 2011. If passed, it will amend the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.

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Can employees over 65 be excluded from benefits?

Can employees over 65 be excluded from benefits?

This is a question that Lindsey Taylor, a lawyer at Fasken Martineau in Vancouver, set out to answer in her article, "Benefits for Older Employees - Can They be Excluded? (April 20, 2011), written for Fasken's HR Space publication.

The article addresses three arbitration awards:  read more »

Appeal court rules that, in context of CCAA, pension plan deficiency claims can have priority over secured creditors

Jurisdiction: - Ontario

In Indalex Limited (Re), 2011 ONCA 265, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that, in the context of Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings, pension plan deficiency claims can, in certain circumstances, have priority over secured creditors.

  • You can read Koskie Minsky's summary here.
  • You can read FMC's summary here.
  • You can read McCarthy Tetrault's summary here.

ONCA: teacher had reasonable expectation of privacy on work computer in face of no clear policy

Jurisdiction: - Ontario
Sector: - Education

In R. v Cole, 2011 ONCA 218, a criminal law case, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a high school teacher had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of a work laptop computer on which he was entitled to store personal information.

In making this finding, the court pointed in part to the fact that the employer had no clear privacy policy relating to teachers' work laptops, and no policy statement  reserving the right to monitor or search the teachers' laptops.

However, the appeal court further ruled in its March 22, 2011 decision that:  read more »

Upcoming conferences on labour, employment, human rights, privacy, immigration, pensions & benefits law

The table below contains a comprehensive list of the upcoming workplace law (employment, labour, human rights, pensions, privacy and immigration) conferences in Canada in 2011. The full names of the service providers, and links to their sites, are at the bottom of the page.

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Independent contractors considered to be employees for health and safety purposes in Ontario

Jurisdiction: - Ontario

In Ontario (Labour) v. United Independent Operators Limited, 2011 ONCA 33, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that independent contractors are considered to be "regularly employed" for the purposes of determining whether a company has an obligation to establish a joint health and safety committee (JHSC).

The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act requires a JHSC to be established at a workplace at which 20 or more workers are regularly employed.  read more »

"Social Media: Opportunities and Limitations in the Workplace"

"Social Media: Opportunities and Limitations in the Workplace" (December 19, 2010) is the title of a recent paper by Carman J. Overholt, Q.C. and Emily Pitcher. Mr Overholt is a lawyer at Fraser Milner Casgrain in Vancouver and Ms. Pitcher is a student at law.