Mélissa Lacroix, lawyer at Emond Harnden, provides an overview of the proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and discusses some of the potential significant implications for employers, including:
- Equal pay for part-time, casual, temporary and seasonal employees
- Extension of the 10-day Personal Emergency Leave entitlement to employers with fewer than 50 employees and requiring 2 of the days be paid
- Changes to and new scheduling rules
- Increased vacation time and vacation pay
- Extension of successor rights to the retendering of building services contracts and allowing the government to apply this expansion to the retendering of other publicly funded contracted services
- Just cause protection during the period between union certification and conclusion of a first collective agreement
- Card-based certification to be established for temporary help agency industry, building services sector and home care and community services industry
Mélissa Lacroix joined Emond Harnden in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Mélissa worked as legal counsel to the Copyright Board of Canada. She also practiced in civil litigation at a large national firm in Ottawa.
Fully bilingual, Mélissa practices in all areas of employment and labour law, including education, privacy, human rights, and constitutional law. She provides advice and representation to a variety of both public and private sector employers, in wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights complaints, arbitration, collective bargaining, Labour Relations Board proceedings and judicial reviews. She also assists employers develop and implement strategies to minimize the costs associated with terminations, and in achieving compliance with employment standards, privacy, human rights and Health and Safety obligations.
Mélissa provides bilingual workplace training geared towards any level of personnel, from front line staff to the highest level of management.