Government of Ontario Releases the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

By | Ontario Employer Advisor | May 24, 2017
By Tim Lawson and Matthew Demeo Tim LawsonMatthew Demeo The Government of Ontario has now released the much anticipated Final Report of the Changing Workplaces Review. The product of a two-year comprehensive review of employment and labour laws in Ontario, the Final Report contains 173 recommendations that could significantly alter the landscape for workplaces across the province.  View Full Post
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Pensions & GDPR – the 12 Month Countdown Begins!

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018.  Before that date, trustees of UK occupational pension plans will need to undertake some preparatory work, including: Creating records of all personal data processing activities (or confirming delegation to plan administrators and obtaining confirmation that they will do this) and ensuring administration agreements reflect who is doing what, Reviewing and amending agreements with other third parties, If data is transferred outside of the EEA, putting in place international data transfer mechanisms, Reviewing data security measures (see below), Putting in place procedures for new individual rights, Reviewing and amending privacy notices, Assessing whether there is any ‘high risk’ use of personal data and Formally adopting and rolling out new policies and procedures. View Full Post
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Honor Our Veterans by Recruiting and Hiring More of Them

Memorial Day is upon us. While the idea of a three-day weekend, cookout, and pool party can be distracting, I encourage everyone to stop and remember those who have lost their lives in theAlyssa Peters service of our country. It’s also a perfect time for us to refresh ourselves on the legal obligations of federal contractors to employ veterans. View Full Post
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Legislative Update: Pregnancy Discrimination Protections Under State Law Changing?

pregnancy1On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Connecticut House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure that would greatly expand the already broad anti-discrimination provision that exist under Connecticut law.  The bill, House Bill 6668, would make several substantive changes to the protections including defining what is a “reasonable accommodation” instead of leaving that determination open. View Full Post
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Picking a Fight: How California Makes Employment Law Peculiar

Seyfarth Synopsis: Our mission here at Cal-Pecs is to illuminate how California employment law differs from the law that employers generally experience throughout America. In this back-to-basics piece, we provide some background and a brief catalog of stark contrasts. In 1846, American settlers in Mexican Alta California staged the Bear Flag Revolt. View Full Post
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Judge Halts Christie’s Atlantic City Police Layoffs

ACPD As reported by Philly.com, a Superior Court judge has temporarily blocked the State of New Jersey from unilaterally imposing layoffs and schedule changes on the Atlantic City Police Department. The ruling is the second time Judge Julio Mendez has checked the vast powers granted the Christie administration under the Municipal Stabilization and Recovery Act, which went into force in November. View Full Post
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Want to Limit an Arbitrator’s Ability to Modify a Disciplinary Decision? Bargaining for It is the Best Bet!

By | Vorys on Labor | May 24, 2017
Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision emphasizing the power of an arbitrator to amend an employer’s disciplinary decision where the CBA lacks an express provision limiting the arbitrator’s authority to do so. At issue in the case was the termination of a police officer for the violation of several police department rules, the most serious being the department’s sexual harassment policy.  View Full Post
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Do Employees Who Are Pregnant or On Maternity Leave Enjoy Special Protection On Redundancy?

It is not unlawful in itself to make an employee redundant who is pregnant or on maternity leave. This means that, subject to the special protection enjoyed in respect of alternative employment referred to below, the fairness and lawfulness of the redundancy dismissal will be determined in the same way as other redundancy dismissals. View Full Post
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