Legislation

Employment Equity

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Legislation | 0 comments

While provincially-regulated businesses are not covered by the federal Employment Equity Act, they may be covered by the Federal Contractors’ Program, which states that “organizations that have 100 or more employees and want to bid on a federal government contract or standing offer of $1 million or more must first sign a Certificate of Commitment to implement employment equity.”   The federal Employment Equity Act requires employers to conduct a workforce analysis and to develop plans to improve their hiring, retention, and promotion of people from four designated...

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Common Law

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Legislation | 0 comments

Common Law, also known as case law or precedent, is law that has developed over time through decisions previously made by judges.  For this reason, it is more complicated than civil (or written) law, and often requires the assistance of a lawyer to interpret. At Common Law, an employment relationship is considered to be a contract between the employer and the employee.  If there is no written contract *, the terms of employment can be determined in various ways: the letter of offer of employment and the employment manual, for example.  If either party wishes to change the terms of the...

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Access For Ontarians With Disabilities (AODA)

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Legislation | 0 comments

The purpose of the Access for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA) is to “create a Province where everybody who lives or visits can participate fully.”  The five standards of the Act are being phased in over a number of years, beginning in January, 2012, and will impact all employers in the province to some degree.  TheCustomer Service Standard required that, by December 31, 2012, all employers were to have created an accessible customer service plan, and to have trained their employees on how to assist customers with disabilities.  In addition, employers with twenty or more employees are...

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Employment Standards

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Legislation | 0 comments

Employment Standards legislation defines the minimum requirements in dealing with employees in Ontario.  Other provinces and territories have their own legislation which is similar, but not identical to Ontario’s.  Standards include, for example:          hours of work and overtime pay          statutory holidays and holiday pay          vacations and vacation pay          minimum wages          legislated leaves of absence          notice and severance pay when terminating without cause USEFUL LINKS: Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development:...

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