From Wood v. Deeley’s pronouncements on termination clauses, to the wave of Employment Standards changes from Bill 148, 2017 has been a busy year for employment law. The year ended on an even higher note with the release of Justice Emery’s leading decision on punitive damages and moral damages in employment law, Galea v. Wal-Mart, accompanied by one of the highest damage awards ever in these areas.
Join MacDonald & Associates for a webinar on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 as we review Galea, its implications, and the landscape that 2017’s key legal developments have left behind, as we prepare for another busy year in the employment law world.
On November 22, 2017, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. Once enacted on January 1, 2018, Bill 148 will change major aspects of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Labour Relations Act, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The changes contained in Bill 148 are the most substantial amendments to employment and labour law in Ontario in decades and will have far-reaching implications.
Most people’s knowledge of Bill 148 is limited to its impact on increasing the minimum wage in Ontario. Join Natalie C. MacDonald and Geoffrey Lowe on Wednesday, December 6th at 11am for a comprehensive overview of all the changes Bill 148 will make to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, including the new leaves of absence, the new rules about scheduling employees, and yes, the changes to the minimum wage in Ontario.
Natalie will be speaking at OBA’s Expert Strategies for Trial Preparation on Friday, November 24, 2017, 9:00am – 12:30pm at Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events (OBA Conference Centre).
Legalization of recreational marijuana use is fast approaching, and will have big impacts on all workplaces in Canada. Join MacDonald & Associates for our first-ever free Webinar on November 2, 2017. Learn what employees need to know to ensure they will not run into trouble at work for their marijuana use, and the policies and procedures employers need to know to follow the law, accommodating any employees in need, and still protecting their workforce and business interests.
Natalie was invited to speak at the International Women’s Economic Forum in Iceland on October 19-20th, 2017. The former Prime Minister of Iceland will be speaking, along with Natalie and other people who were selected amongst the top in the world to speak on the subject of gender equality.
Richa Sandill will be moderating a breakfast panel at the Ontario Bar Association entitled “Lawyers as Agents of Change: Tackling Hate, Xenophobia, Racism from a Practitioner’s Perspective”
On Thursday October 12, 2017, Natalie C. MacDonald appears on the Ontario Bar Association’s Panel for Successful Female Lawyers.