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Government of Ontario Repeals Bill 124

On February 23, 2024 the Government of Ontario repealed Bill 124 (the wage restraint legislation introduced in June 2019 limiting annual wage increases in the public and broader public sectors to 1% for a period of three years) in its entirety through an Order in Council.

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Court of Appeal Rules Bill 124 Unconstitutional for Represented Employees Only

In June of 2019, the Ontario Government introduced the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019, commonly known as Bill 124 (“Bill 124” or “the Act”). The Act limited salary and compensation increases for approximately 780,000 workers in the public and broader public sector to 1.0% per year during a three-year moderation period.

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Government Guidance Released regarding Modern Slavery Act: An Update

Further to our bulletin on December 6, 2023, Deadline for Fighting Against Forced and Child Labour in Supply Chain Reporting Obligations for Companies is May 31, 2024: Is Your Organization Prepared?, Canada’s new modern slavery legislation, the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act (Act), requires reporting entities to complete and submit to the government a mandatory online Questionnaire and a Report about the measures they have taken to address and prevent forced and child labour in their supply chains during their previous fiscal year.

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NAV CANADA permitted to establish multiple pay equity plans

On December 13, 2023, the federal Pay Equity Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) authorized NAV CANADA to establish two pay equity plans, despite unanimous opposition from the affected unions. Establishing multiple plans is an exception to the presumption under section 12 of the Pay Equity Act (the “Act”) in favour of an employer creating a single pay equity plan for its entire workforce. This decision is significant as it is one of the first decisions approving, in part, an application for multiple pay equity plans.

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Tribunal Finds No Discrimination Where Job Offer Revoked

In Greidanus v Inter Pipeline Limited, the Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta (the “Tribunal”) determined that an employer did not discriminate against a job candidate by revoking an offer of employment after the job candidate failed a pre-employment drug test.

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Vaccination Policy Did Not Give Rise to Constructive Dismissal

On December 1, 2023, the Alberta Labour Relations Board overturned the decision of an Employment Standards Officer to grant an employee termination pay for being “constructively dismissed” after being placed on leave due to non-compliance with the employer’s vaccination policy.

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Deadline for Fighting Against Forced and Child Labour in Supply Chain Reporting Obligations for Companies is May 31, 2024: Is Your Organization Prepared?

Bill S-211, An Act to enact the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act and to amend the Customs Tariff received Royal Assent on May 11, 2023 and is in force January 1, 2024. Companies and certain government institutions are required to review and assess working conditions in their extended supply chains and produce their first annual report by May 31, 2024.

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