Andrew Skinner

Andrew Skinner

Dickinson Wright

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Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act

Ontario’s new sexual violence and harassment law, the “Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, 2015” comes into force on September 8, 2016. The new law, which arises from the Ontario Government’s report, “It’s Never...more

6/15/2016 - Anti-Harassment Policies Canada Employee Training OHSA Sexual Harassment Sexual Violence Policies Workplace Safety

Labour and Employment Criminal Background Checks

In an increasingly competitive business environment, it is perhaps more important than ever for employers to exercise prudence and caution in hiring and maintaining their workforce. Background checks, including criminal...more

4/6/2016 - Background Checks Canada Criminal Background Checks Hiring & Firing Human Rights Code

Employers’ Guide to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan

The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (the ORPP), will be a provincially-managed plan that, like the Canada Pension Plan, will be funded by equal co-contributions from both employers and employees. It will come into effect as...more

2/4/2016 - Canada Employee Benefits Enrollment Pensions Retirement Plan

Accessibility Laws Take Effect January 1

New Ontario Accessibility Laws Take Effect January 1 - Private sector compliance deadlines under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act are fast-approaching. For large organizations (50 or more employees),...more

10/21/2015 - Canada Disability Disability Access Claims Duty to Accommodate Emergency Response Large Employer Notice Requirements Public Notice Small Employers

Bill 18: Stronger Workplaces For A Stronger Economy Act, 2014

The Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 ("Bill 18") which received royal assent from the Ontario Legislature on November 20, 2014 will amend five employment law statutes, specifically the Employment Standards...more

12/19/2014 - Canada Employer Mandates New Legislation

Expanding Employer Responsibilities in Ontario Regarding Employee Parent and Family Obligations

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in connection with a decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has attempted to clarify the obligation of an employer to accommodate employee needs in the context of...more

8/6/2014 - Canada Employee Rights Endangered Species Act (ESA)

New Ontario Mandatory Health And Safety Awareness Training For Workers And Supervisors: Deadline July 1, 2014

The safety and wellbeing of employees in the workplace is a concern in respect of employers of all sizes and across all sectors. This concern was magnified in Ontario after a quadruple fatality involving a scaffolding...more

4/3/2014 - Canada OHSA

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the "Act") was enacted in 2005. The Act recognizes "the history of discrimination against persons with disabilities in Ontario" and has, as its primary purpose,...more

1/18/2013 - Accessibility Rules Compliance Customer Service Standard Disability Discrimination Integrated Accessibility Standards Penalties Reporting Requirements

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