Welcome to In Focus, Baker McKenzie's Labour and Employment video chat series for Canadian employers. In each on-demand episode, our lawyers provide insights and quick, practical tips on today's most pressing issues and legal developments impacting employers operating in Canada. These videos complement our written legal updates shared on the Canadian Labour and Employment Law blog on trending topics including COVID-19 reopening developments.
Employers: Comply or Face Criminal Liability on No Poach and Wage Fixing Agreements Under the Competition Act (21 November 2022)
Amendments to the Competition Act that come into force on 23 June 2023 will make it a criminal offense for employers to enter into no poach, wage fixing or other agreements related to the terms and conditions of employment in Canada.
In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment and Competition and Foreign Investment Review lawyers discuss the risks associated with non-compliance and what employers should consider as they prepare for the prohibition to come into effect.
Implementing a Reduction in Force in Canada: Mitigating Risks Arising from Major Workforce Changes - Part 3 - The Outcome and Litigation Arising from Your Workforce Redesign (24 October 2022)
In Part 3 - The Outcome and Litigation Arising from Your Workforce Redesign, we look at the potential outcomes and employer obligations should the separation package offer be rejected, one-on-one employee negotiations fail, and litigation ensues.
Implementing a Reduction in Force in Canada: Mitigating Risks Arising from Major Workforce Changes - Part 2 - Undertaking Your Workforce Redesign (24 October 2022)
In Part 2 - Undertaking Your Workforce Redesign, our group explores the key steps in employment terminations such as preparing the termination letter, severance package offer, a full and final release and a meeting script, as well as outlining post-termination duties for the employer.
Implementing a Reduction in Force in Canada: Mitigating Risks Arising from Major Workforce Changes - Part 1 - Planning Your Workforce Redesign (24 October 2022)
In Part 1 - Planning Your Workforce Redesign, we cover best practices for employers as they consider planning their workforce redesign, including conducting due diligence to understand exposure and potential liabilities.
Restrictions on Restrictive Covenants – The Secret to Protecting Trade Secrets (10 Aug 2022)
Every business has sensitive components integral to its success, whether trade secrets, customer contacts, or other confidential information that would be appealing to competitors.
In Canada, attempting to stop an employee from sharing confidential information, competing, or soliciting customers, suppliers or employees can be tricky. In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers discuss the current state of the restrictive covenant landscape and what steps employers can take to protect their businesses.
Understanding the New Right to Disconnect in Ontario (10 May 2022)
In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers share key considerations and important timelines for employers to know as they develop Disconnect policies for their workplaces.
Tossing the Masks and Vaccine Passports Plus Mandatory Vaccination Updates (21 March 2022)
In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers explore considerations for employers before scrapping the restrictions entirely, provide guidance on responding to possible employee pushback, and deliver an update on the legal landscape of mandatory vaccination policies in Canada.
Guidelines for Accommodating Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs and Disabilities for Canadian Employers Mandating Vaccinations (October 26, 2021)
In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers share guidelines for Canadian employers to consider as they encounter requests for accommodations from mandatory vaccination policies.
Remote working from outside of the jurisdiction - The pandemic and beyond (September 21, 2021)
In this Quick Chat video, Baker McKenzie's Labour and Employment, Global Immigration and Mobility, and Tax lawyers review the wide variety of legal issues for Canadian employers to consider regarding a temporary or permanent remote work opportunity outside of the province of the employment agreement and provide tips on how employers can offer employees flexibility while remaining compliant with employment, immigration and tax requirements.
The COVID-19 Canadian employment litigation landscape - Is it all uphill from here? (August 19, 2021)
When world economies face challenges, employment litigation claims of all types arise. In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers discuss the range of trending COVID-19 related employment claims and cases and share what Canadian employers can do to best position themselves to manage impending litigation.
Proactive Steps to Address Systemic Discrimination and Inequality in the Workplace (June 21, 2021)
In light of recent social justice movements, businesses are increasingly aware of issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion, making it essential for employers to take proactive steps to address inequality in the workplace. Our presenters explore how to set up special programs under human rights legislation, and discuss best practices for advancing substantive equality in Canada.
Mandatory Vaccinations in the Canadian Workplace (May 17, 2021)
As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available across Canada, employers have questions about how this changes the return to the workplace. In this Quick Chat video, our Labour and Employment lawyers discuss the vaccine policies and procedures being adopted by companies operating in Canada, as well as the legal and practical considerations to address.