Regulatory HR bill reintroduced in Ontario
TORONTO — The bill that would see HR professionals regulated in a manner similar to accountants in Ontario received first reading in the provincial legislature on March 20. Bill 32, the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013, is sponsored by three MPPs: Vic Dhillon (Liberal), Christine Elliott (Progressive Conservative) and Michael Prue (NDP). The new act will give members of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) more control over their “destiny as a profession,” said president and CEO Bill Greenhalgh.
Supreme court oks overtime lawsuits
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has given the green light to class-action lawsuits against CIBC and Scotiabank for hundreds of millions of dollars for unpaid overtime. The Supreme Court dismissed an application by both banks to appeal the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal allowing the cases. The lawsuits allege thousands of workers were denied overtime pay even though they were assigned more work than could be completed within their standard hours.
Transgender rights bill passed by parliament
OTTAWA — The House of Commons has passed a bill making it illegal to discriminate against transgender Canadians. The Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (Gender Identity and Gender Expression) amends the Canadian Human Rights Act “to include gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination.” It also amends the Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression as “distinguishing characteristics” that are protected and also need to be taken into account at time of sentencing.