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The Impact of Bill 132: Understanding and Applying Ontario’s Recent Sexual Harassment and Violence Legislation

In recent years, a number of high-profile cases involving sexual violence and sexual harassment have grabbed the headlines and the public’s attention in Canada. The troubling case of Jian Ghomeshi—and the subsequent...more

Update on Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act

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Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act became law on June 7, 2017, when it received Royal Assent. As noted in our earlier Alert, which set out the highlights of the Bill, the effective dates for each Part of the...more

Legislation Protecting Victims of Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images

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On May 1, 2017, the Alberta legislature passed Bill 202, which created the Protecting Victims of Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images Act (the “Act”). The Act seeks to protect individuals from having intimate images...more

New Legislation: The Forfeited Corporate Property Act

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The Forfeited Corporate Property Act, 2015 (“FCPA”) and related changes to the Ontario Business Corporations Act (“OBCA”) received Royal Assent on December 10, 2015 and came into force December 10, 2016. ...more

Cannabis in Canada - A Changing Legal Landscape: Government & Public Sector

The new legislation will inevitably result in a flurry of discussions between the government and affected stakeholders....more

Canada expands protection of individual rights with new legislation on genetic testing and privacy

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Significant legislative changes are on the horizon in the field of genetic testing with Parliament’s recent passage of Bill S-201: An Act to Prohibit and Prevent Genetic Discrimination (“Act”). The Act will implement broad...more

BC Franchise Laws Come Into Effect

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On February 1, 2017, the British Columbia Franchises Act and Regulations came into effect making British Columbia the sixth province in Canada with franchise legislation. The introduction of franchise legislation in British...more

Rx IP Update - November 2016

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Federal Court of Appeal opines on the framework for analyzing obviousness-type double-patenting - On November 4, 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Apotex’s appeal in Apotex Inc v Eli Lilly Canada Inc, 2016 FCA...more

Ontario Minimum Wage Increase Now in Effect

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Ontario employers are reminded that the general minimum wage in Ontario increased on October 1, 2016 to $11.40 per hour, up from $ $11.25 per hour.  The liquor server minimum wage also increased to $9.90 per hour and the...more

BC Minimum Wage Increase Now in Effect

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British Columbia employers are reminded that the general minimum wage in British Columbia increased on September 15, 2016 to $10.85 per hour, up from $10.45 per hour.  The liquor server minimum wage also increased to $9.60...more

Workplace Harassment Obligations Expanding for Ontario Employers

Effective September 8, 2016, Ontario’s Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment) expands an employer’s obligation to identify, prevent,...more

Bill 132 Update: MOL Releases Code of Practice to Help Employers Comply with OHSA’s Harassment Provisions

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Further to our series of posts on Ontario’s new Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation, which amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has recently issued a Code of Practice to Address...more

The Countdown is On: The New OHSA Amendments Come into Force in Less Than 60 Days

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As we previously reported, the amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act introduced by Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation, An Act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual...more

New Essential Services Legislation Now In Force

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On May 27, 2016, Alberta’s new Essential Services legislation came into force. Bill 4 – An Act to Implement a Supreme Court Ruling Governing Essential Services is the Alberta Government’s answer to the Supreme Court’s...more

Ontario’s Sexual Harassment Protections Passed

Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act was passed and received Royal Assent on March 8, 2016. The Act will go into effect in six months on September 8, 2016. The Act creates new duties for employers to...more

Canada: Ontario Employers Have New Workplace Sexual Harassment Obligations

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Bill 132, entitled “Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015” (hereinafter the “Bill”) has now been passed into law in Ontario and will be in...more

Bill 132 Update: Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation to Become Law September 8, 2016

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In a previous post, we reported on Ontario’s new sexual violence and harassment legislation, Bill 132, An Act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related...more

Police Records Checks Reform Act, 2015

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On December 1, 2015, Ontario passed the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, (the “Act”) which will have concrete implications for the ways in which employers conduct criminal background checks, and the information that...more

Everything You Need to Know About Ontario's New Anti-SLAPP Law

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On October 28, 2015, the government of Ontario passed the Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 (PPA), designed to identify and eliminate strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs). The PPA is the result...more

British Columbia (Canada) Introduces Uniform Franchise Legislation, Could Take Effect in 2016

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The British Columbia (Canada) government has introduced a bill that will make it the sixth province in Canada to regulate franchising along with the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Prince Edward...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - October 2015

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This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update reports on Congress’s six-month extension of FAA’s reauthorization; new U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements with the European Union and Canada; the FAA’s...more

A Primer on Russia’s New Data Localization Law

Privacy and data security professionals worldwide should circle September 1 on their calendars, as it’s the day Russia’s new data localization law goes into effect – and possibly generates major waves far beyond Russian...more

Canada’s New Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act and its Implications for Companies Subject to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt...

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On June 1, 2015, Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (“ESTMA” or “the Act”) came into force. Approved in December 2014, but not in force until this month, the Act requires companies in the extractive sector...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With just two or three weeks before the August recess – two for the House, three for the Senate – Congress has a full schedule. The Senate will devote much of this week to the Highway bill,...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 6, 2015

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Victoria. 26 June 2015 - Northern Health v Kuipers [2015] VSCA 172 - The Victorian Supreme Court has allowed an appeal...more

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