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Navigating Pension and Benefit Issues on Termination of Employment

Mary Picard, a lawyer at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, recently presented a paper entitled "Navigating Pension and Benefit Issues on Termination of Employment" at the 8th Annual Pension and Benefits Hot Spots: Essential Updates on Key Legal Issues conference.

The paper addresses, among other topics, Bill 236 (which amends the Ontario Pension Benefits Act), an employer's duty to disclose benefits information, salary continuance issues and payments in lieu of pension accruals.

The paper can be found at the link below.

Towers Watson releases "Government Benefits Update 2010" for Canada

Towers Watson (formerly Watson Wyatt), which offers a variety of professional services inclduing in relation to employee benefits, has released its "Government Benefits Update 2010". It is an annual publication that provides a very useful overview of key government benefits in Canada. The specific benefits covered are:  read more »

BC court rules that employer permitted to reduce post-retirement group benefits, dismissses class action

Topics: - Benefits - Class Actions
Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

In Bennett v. British Columbia, 2009 BCSC 1358, the BC Supreme Court ruled that the employer  - the provincial government - was permitted to reduce post-retirement group benefits, and thus dismissed a class action.  There were approximately 27,000 people in the impacted class.

Law firm Heenan Blaikie has written a summary of the case: "Reduction in Retiree Benefits Sanctioned in British Columbia" (October 7, 2009).

"Strategies for Dealing with an Early Retirement Package"

"Strategies for Dealing with an Early Retirement Package" (January 2008) is the title of an article by Jennifer Jackson, an Investment Advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy.

"Ten Key Differences Between Canadian and U.S. Employment Laws"

Christina Medland and Joe Vicinanza have written an article on "Ten Key Differences Between Canadian and U.S. Employment Laws" (December 11, 2007).

The authors are lawyers at Torys. The article was published in the firm's Pension and Employment Bulletin.

The Interplay Between Long-Term Disability Benefits and CPP, WSIB, Severance Awards, EI, Welfare and more

Toronto lawyer David Share has written a paper that addresses "The Interplay Between Long-Term Disability Benefits" and the following:

  • The Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP)
  • The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Benefits (WSIB)
  • Severance Awards
  • Statutory Accident Benefits (Automobile) (SABS)
  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Social Assistance (Welfare)
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP.

The paper, published in October 2006, can be found here.