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Human Rights: Commission or Arbitrator?

On October 22, 2021, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the Horrocks case regarding the respective jurisdictions of labour arbitrators and human rights tribunals. Although the original decision was handed down in Manitoba, the Horrocks ruling is of some interest to Quebec employers.

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Recent decisions regarding mandatory vaccination policies

In October, the Quebec government announced that vaccination would be mandatory for health care workers but did not provide guidance for other economic sectors. In the absence of provincial government directives on mandatory vaccination in the workplace, employers must justify this measure based on the specifics of each job. Recent Ontario arbitration awards, as well as a Quebec decision, demonstrate the intricacies of this situation.

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The importance of the mandatory annual declaration for professionals

All professionals know that when they renew their accreditation with their professional order, they must carefully complete the annual declaration form specifically prepared by that order. Among other things, the document is used by the professional order to identify the member, their field of practice, and any situations experienced in the course of their work or outside the workplace that could affect the practice of their profession or the honour or dignity of the profession as a whole.

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The coming into force of An Act to modernize the occupational health and safety regime: What you need to know

Bill 59, An Act to modernize the occupational health and safety regime (the “Bill”), was passed on September 30 and assented to on October 6. This is the first major revision in this field in decades. The Bill makes significant amendments to both the Act respecting occupational health and safety (hereafter the “OHSA”) (R.S.Q., c. S-2.1) and the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases (hereafter the “AIAOD”) (R.S.Q., c. A-3.001).

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Protection of personal information: Public bodies must also be prepared to meet new requirements

The Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, adopted on September 21 by the National Assembly of Quebec and assented to the following day (“Act 25”), amends the legal framework applicable not only to businesses but also to public bodies that are subject to the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information (“Access Act”).

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