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What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses

What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses

What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses With the severity of cyber attacks increasing on what seems like a daily basis, governments are now stepping in to provide guidance and keep the general public both safe and informed. In Canada, the Digital Privacy Act (DPA), which amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), is the federal law that dictates how organizations respond to and report data breaches. However, these are not the only cyber-related laws Canadian businesses have to contend with, as Europe’s data breach regulations can have a sweeping impact on international businesses of all kinds. In fact, any organization that operates or sells in the European Union (EU) or manages EU-based information could face major fines if they fail to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As such, it’s crucial for organizations to…read more →

OHIP+ Set To Launch January 1st

OHIP+ Set To Launch January 1st

OHIP+ Set to Launch January 1st OHIP+ is launching as scheduled on January 1, 2018. As of that date, all Ontarians under 25 who have OHIP coverage – regardless of income, family or student status – will automatically be covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit (OBD) program, with no deductible or co-payment. OHIP+ claims will be submitted by Ontario pharmacies and adjudicated online using the individual’s OHIP card. The pharmacy community has confirmed they will have necessary changes in place for January 1, 2018 to submit OHIP+ claims to the government. No application is needed to enrol in the program and OHIP+ coverage will end on an individual’s 25th birthday. OHIP+ Quick Facts What this is As of January 1, 2018, Ontarians under age 25 who are eligible for OHIP, will receive free prescriptions for the approximately 4,400 drug products…read more →

Bill 148 Undergoes Significant Amendment: What Does It Mean for Employers?

Bill 148 Undergoes Significant Amendment: What Does It Mean for Employers?

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, passed Third Reading in the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. The legislation introduces significant amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Acts and Labour Relations Act, and limited amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Most of the amendments come into force on January 1, 2018. For assistance, contact any member of our team. Employment Standards Act Increased Minimum Wage. The general minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour effective January 1, 2018 and $15 per hour effective January 1, 2019. Equal Pay for Equal Work. A part-time, casual employee or temporary employee will be entitled to the same rate of pay as a full-time employee performing substantially similar work. A distinction in rate of pay will be permitted only where based on (a) a seniority system, (b) a…read more →

Have the Liability Floodgates Opened Against Directors and Officers?

Have the Liability Floodgates Opened Against Directors and Officers?

SCC Examines Personal Liability for Directors and Officers On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) delivered its decision in Wilson v. Alharayeri (Wilson). In doing so, the SCC reaffirmed that directors and officers may be held personally liable for oppressive conduct. The SCC’s decision is significant as it provides additional guidance on what courts should consider before issuing an order in an oppression remedy claim against a director or officer. In particular, the SCC outlined four principles to guide courts in developing an appropriate remedy in oppression cases. The SCC’s decision may assist businesses as they evaluate whether certain types of corporate conduct could lead to personal liability for their directors and officers in the future. Speak to us today about how this decision could affect your organization! WHAT IS THE OPPRESSION REMEDY? The oppression remedy is…read more →

Proposed Fee For Boiler And Pressure Vessel Inspection And Certification In Ontario

Proposed Fee For Boiler And Pressure Vessel Inspection And Certification In Ontario

What are the changes? There are a number of proposed changes, and we would like to draw your attention to one in particular that would have a direct impact on your clients. Upon an Insurer’s periodic inspection of a boiler or pressure vessel in the Province of Ontario, the owner or operator of the device would be required to apply for authorization from TSSA to operate their device (Certificate of Inspection) with the payment of a fee and a copy of the Record of Inspection. The fee would apply to each device. The current practice is to inspect and provide any required certificate of inspection at no additional cost. Who would be impacted? The proposed changes would affect insureds who own boiler and pressure vessel objects that require periodic jurisdictional inspections. Opportunity for feedback The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer…read more →

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