Canadian Employment News Series - August 2015

Canadian Employment News Series

Employment Update

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This month’s newsletter features a guide for employers on the new Ontario retirement pension plan, new mandatory timelines for employers by WorkSafeBC, and the Quebec Court of Appeal's decision that signifies a employer’s obligation to accommodate extends beyond employment health and safety legislation.

In this issue

  • Quebec Court of Appeal decision: Employer’s obligation to accommodate extends beyond employment health and safety legislation
    28 AUG 2015
    Canadian Employment News Series

    On June 15, 2015, in Commission de la santé et de la sécurité au travail v. Alain Caron et al. 2015 QCCA 1048, the Quebec Court of Appeal rendered an important decision that changes the threshold employers must meet when accommodating workplace injuries.

    The court confirmed that an employer has a duty to accommodate an employee who has suffered an employment injury resulting in a handicap, even where such an obligation is not required of the employer by virtue of the Act Respecting Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases.

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  • The new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: A guide for employers
    28 AUG 2015
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    Employers and employees in Ontario could be subject to the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (“ORPP”) as early as January 2017. The ORPP will be a provincially managed pension plan for residents of Ontario designed to mimic the Canada Pension Plan (“CPP”). All employees in Ontario (excluding those in federally regulated sectors and the self-employed) who are not currently members of comparable workplace pension plans will be members of the ORPP.

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  • WorkSafeBC requirements: New mandatory timelines for employers to conduct investigations
    28 AUG 2015
    Canadian Employment News Series

    In addition to a full investigation, employers are now required to carry out a preliminary investigation immediately after a workplace injury, death or near miss incident. The new timeline obligations are expected to encourage employers to quickly identify and adopt corrective measures that ensure workplace accidents are prevented.

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