Personal Emergency Leave – Your Questions Answered

We have been getting questions from employers on the Personal Emergency Leave days in Ontario.  We try and help point to reference material that can help, and some of those questions are answered in this posting from a Toronto employment lawyer.

Due to…popular demand for more information about Personal Emergency Leave (“PEL”), we have answered the most pressing questions from participants in this update.

Notably, because the changes to PEL are so new, there is very little case law regarding their application. As always, the summary below is not legal advice. Employers should seek legal advice if they are unsure about how the legislation applies to their circumstances.


Webinar: A primer on cannabis legalization and benefits plans

This is a 45 minute previously recorded webinar that provides information for employee benefit plan sponsors on the legal perspective, past cases etc. related to Cannabis which will be legalized in mid October this year.

With the federal government having passed legislation to legalize the possession of recreational marijuana, employers have lots of questions about what it means for them. Watch Benefits Canada’s recent webinar on some of the legal issues for benefits plans with Miller Thomson LLP’s Kim Ozubko.


Canadian employers concerned about implications of cannabis legalization

If you thought you were alone in being concerned about the upcoming changes… A recent survey shows you are far from alone.

Our last industry seminar touched on the importance of corporate policies on impairment and we have one linked below that was hared with us.

The Mainstay HR Resources available to all our clients can also provide info to assist you in establishing practices and policies to protect your employees and firm.

Take a peek.  Call us for details…

More than half (52 per cent) of Canadian employers said they’re concerned or very concerned about the implications of legalized marijuana on the workplace, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada.



Each year Sanofi Canada surveys the thoughts and perceptions of both employees and employers across Canada on healthcare and benefit plans in particular.  The survey represents all size businesses, but responses are best from larger organizations so skew that way slightly.  A panel of large employers, consultants, insurers and brokers come together to analyze the results, discuss next steps and provide comments for the report linked below.

Have a read, but take it all with a grain of salt, as smaller firms and their employees often see results contrary to the larger, public and union plans that are also capture here.  Each year I always learn get some interesting insights working with the advisory panel.  I hope the report is useful to you too.

The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey has proven to be a valuable tool for health benefit administrators making decisions about the kind of health coverage their plans will provide.

Since 1998, our healthcare survey has monitored the pulse of Canadians with employer-sponsored health benefit plans. We continue to track respondents’ overall satisfaction with the healthcare system as a whole and their own benefit plan, their concerns about their health and the health of their families, and their understanding of certain chronic illnesses.