Webinar Recording

Federal Sector Employer Update 2021

Event Summary

This 90 minute webinar will focus on recent reforms to Federal Labour Law and the fall-out from the recent Federal election. Mathews Dinsdale’s presenters will be joined by Derrick Hynes, President and CEO of Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications (FETCO).

The topics of focus include the following:

Federal Pay Equity Act Update
  • Are all federally regulated employers included?
  • A quick overview of the Act
  • The implementation schedule
  • Notable process issues for employers
Occupational Health & Safety Update
  • Mandatory vaccination policies and practices for federally regulated businesses – what to expect next
  • Enforcement of OHS requirements in the federal sector by AMP (administrative monetary penalty)
  • Developments in workplace harassment and workplace violence
Human Rights Update
  • Review of key human rights decisions in the federal sector
  • Implications of the recently announced review of the Employment Equity Act
  • COVID-19 and the duty to accommodate
Recent Changes to the Canada Labour Code
  • Changes to the minimum wage
  • An overview of the changes to various leaves of absence
  • Timing on implementation and when these changes become effective 
Unjust Dismissal and the New Role of the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB)
  • What has changed?
  • The rationale for granting the CIRB jurisdiction over unjust dismissal
  • The early CIRB decisions – what can we learn?
  • Practical consequences and takeaways for employers
Implications of the Federal Election
  • Is a ban or partial ban on replacement workers during a labour dispute in the cards?
  • Paid sick days for everyone?
  • Legislating a “right to disconnect” outside regular work hours.

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