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Compliance Bulletin: Drastic Changes to Ontario’s Labour Laws are on the Horizon

Compliance Bulletin: Drastic Changes to Ontario’s Labour Laws are on the Horizon

On May 22, 2017, the Government of Ontario completed its Changing Workplaces Review (review), the results of which could lead to significant changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA). Specifically, based off 173 recommendations gathered in its final report, the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Labour (MOL) is looking to modernize labour and employment law in the province. While the government has not yet said which of the 173 recommendations it will act on, employers should be aware of these recommendations, as they could have a significant impact on their business. BACKGROUND The review is part of Ontario’s four-part economic plan, which seeks to accomplish the following: Invest in people’s talents and skills. Build new public infrastructure, including roads and transit systems. Create a dynamic, supportive environment where businesses thrive….read more →

Wellness Initiatives to Promote Mental Health

Wellness Initiatives to Promote Mental Health

Mental health is a state of well-being in which a person can cope with the normal stresses of life, be productive and contribute to the community. Good mental health is essential for functioning well as an individual and as part of a community. Addressing mental health and physical health together is key to overall health and wellness. The Cost of Mental Health Mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression are routinely listed as top concerns in employee health surveys, and are the second leading cause of workplace absenteeism. Even moderate depressive or anxiety symptoms can affect work performance and productivity. Most employees agree that their mental and personal problems spill over into their professional lives and have a direct impact on their job performance. It is in the employer’s best interest to address mental health as part of…read more →

Government of Ontario Releases the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

Government of Ontario Releases the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn issued the following statement in response to the final report released today: “The Government of Ontario released the Changing Workplaces Review final report this morning. This is Ontario’s first independent review in more than a generation to seek recommendations for legislative changes to the province’s Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act. I want to thank the special advisors C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray for the hard work they put into this report, and for the care and thoughtfulness they demonstrated through their recommendations. I would also like to thank all of the women and men, and all of the advocates and representatives from organized labour and our business community who took an active role in the consultation process. The response by so many people across Ontario shows the seriousness of this issue, and confirms why…read more →

Breaking News: Potential Changes To The Patented Medicines Regulations

Breaking News: Potential Changes To The Patented Medicines Regulations

Statement by Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Vice-chairperson on consultation on potential changes to the Patented Medicines Regulations Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) Vice-chairperson Dr. Mitchell Levine today made the following statement on the launch of Health Canada’s consultation on potential changes to the Patented Medicines Regulations: “The PMPRB welcomes the Minister of Health’s action to strengthen and modernize its pricing framework to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. We look forward to the outcome of this consultation process.” Quick Facts The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board is an independent, quasi-judicial administrative agency with a regulatory mandate to protect Canadian consumers from excessively priced patented drugs. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board sets the maximum price at which a patented drug can be sold based on the price of the drug inCanada; the price of other drugs in the same therapeutic class…read more →

Skin Cancer Awareness and Preventive Measures

Skin Cancer Awareness and Preventive Measures

Live Well, Work Well | May 2017 Edition About 1,200 Canadians die from skin cancer every year. This disease is caused by an overexposure of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sources like the sun and tanning beds. Fortunately, skin cancer is preventable and usually treatable if detected early. Prevent skin cancer by examining your skin at least once a month and by visiting a qualified dermatologist at least once a year. You should also revisit the dermatologist any time you discover a mole that features any of the following “ABCDE” warning signs: Asymmetry. The two halves of the mole do not match. Borders. The mole edges are uneven, scalloped or notched. Colours. The mole is a variety of shades, such as brown, red, white, blue or black. Diameter. The mole is the size of a pencil eraser or larger than 6 millimetres….read more →

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