Top court won’t hear appeal from harassed worker
The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal of last year’s Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Piresferreira v. Ayotte, 2010 ONCA 384, in which it was ruled a harassed employee could not bring a claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress against her employer, Bell Mobility. This case is significant since it protects employers from claims of negligent infliction of emotional distress. However, a harassed employee may still bring a claim within the existing constructive dismissal framework.
Changes to Saskatchewan Pension Plan
Regulations of the Saskatchewan Pension Plan Act (Chapter S-32.2 Reg. 1) have been amended by Saskatchewan Regulation 124/2010. The amendments set out the maximum amounts that may be transferred from other pension plans, set out the maximum annual contribution and amended the section on over-contributions. These changes came into force on Dec. 7, 2010. For more information on pension changes across Canada, see article #9501.
Funding to promote labour mobility for speech audiologists and pathologists
The Canadian government announced support for the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario to establish entry-to-practice competency requirements for both Canadian and internationally trained practitioners. The program will develop standards so audiologists and speech pathologists will be able to work anywhere in Canada without having to recertify their credentials for specific jurisdictions.
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