NS Legislative Report, Fall Sitting – Update October 16

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Reminder: Federally Regulated Employers to post notice regarding Pay Equity...

The deadline to post notice of pay equity plan is Monday November 1, 2021. You don’t need your Pay Equity Plan in place, but you must post notice of your plan to create the Pay Equity Plan. You will find a guide and template notices to help create at www.payequitychrc.ca/en/templates. The Pay Equity Act (the […]

Dismissed Employee gets his $1 Million Bonus and we get...

Is an employee entitled to incentive compensation as part of their “reasonable notice” damages when terminated from employment? That is often the $1 million (or even $10,000) question. Background It is well established at common law that an employee who is terminated without cause is entitled to be provided with reasonable advance notice and, failing […]

Employer’s Challenges and Obligations during the COVID-19 Outbreak

“With the combination of serious public health and economic impacts caused by COVID-19, employers are finding themselves facing unprecedented challenges”. The article Employer’s Challenges and Obligations during the COVID-19 Outbreak, written by Halifax Partner Geoff Breen & Halifax Associate Drew Ritchie, was published in the Spring 2020 edition of the Canadian Bar Association’s Nova Voce. Click here to read the full […]

Employee Refusals to Work:  Employer Rights and Obligations under OHS...

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, and statistics flooding news and social media either are, or may be, contributing to health and safety concerns and apprehension on the part of employees of open and operating workplaces.  For businesses whose operations have continued, ensuring that employees continue to show up for work is critical, […]

COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Essential Services in Atlantic Canada

In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, provinces and territories across Canada have taken action to protect the public and “flatten the curve”. This article provides an explanation of the various measures taken by provincial governments in Atlantic Canada as it pertains to COVID-19, as well as information for employers with regard to […]

COVID-19 – How Employers Can Manage the Workplace in These...

As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, the growing impact of COVID-19 is being felt with each passing day. We know that things are changing rapidly and we want to ensure you have the information you need for dealing with COVID-19 in the workplace. Symptoms of COVID-19 in the Workplace If an employee […]

How to Prepare for Coronavirus in the Workplace

As global concerns are on the rise, and in light of yesterday’s news of the first presumptive case of Coronavirus in Atlantic Canada, employers in this region should consider how to respond if the Coronavirus presents within the workplace. What is Coronavirus? COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, is a virus which may cause symptoms […]

Newsflash: Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education Announces...

On January 30, 2020, the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education announced its largest increase to Nova Scotia’s minimum wage in a decade. Minimum Wage Increased Starting April 1, 2020, Nova Scotia’s minimum wage will increase from $11.55 to $12.55 an hour. Also, the Nova Scotia Government has announced that it will be […]

December 19, 2019

Supreme Court of Canada sets out New Framework in Assessing...

What is the “standard of review”? In considering a challenge to the decision of an arbitrator, tribunal or other administrative body, whether by appeal or judicial review, this is always a fundamental question. Yet, finding the right answer has remained one of the most confusing legal questions out there. This has resulted in seemingly inconsistent […]

Update: An Overview of Parental and Maternity Leave in Atlantic...

In June 2018, we published an article, Recent Changes Affect Parental and Maternity Leave in Atlantic Canada. That article included a chart which summarized the benefits in each province. Since that time, there have been changes, and we have updated the chart below to reflect the current information. Please see below for an updated overview of […]