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05 Apr PooranLaw’s Comments on Ontario Budget 2018

Care and Support Front and Centre in Recent Ontario Budget Announcement: Implications for People with Disabilities, their Families and Government Funded Service Agencies The word “CARE” was mentioned over 35 times last week as Finance Minister, Charles Souza revealed the “Plan for Care and Opportunity Budget”. As...

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22 Feb Resources and Tools for Families Engaging Support Workers

On November 27th Bill 148, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, received Royal Assent and became law.  Bill 148 affects everything from the minimum wage and public holiday pay, to how employees request scheduling changes, refuse shifts and take leaves of absence. Many families do not...

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04 Jan PooranLaw Legal Update – January 2018 – Bill 148 – The Final Word

On January 1, 2018, numerous changes to Ontario's Labour and Employment laws come into effect under the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (the "Act"). These changes have significant implications for the Developmental Services Sector ("DS Sector"), and aggravate existing staffing challenges and financial pressure on employers who...

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24 Nov ESA Exemption Feedback Process – Share your perspective

New Extended Deadline Announced - January 1, 2018 The Ontario Government recently announced new opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback on proposed changes to certain exemptions to Ontario's employment and labour laws.  The proposed changes have profound implications for many stakeholders in the Disability and Developmental...

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12 Jun Sheltered Workshop Human Rights Application Settles

As you may be aware, the Community Living Sarnia-Lambton Human Rights Application related to its sheltered workshop was scheduled to be heard in early June.  Local news reports indicate that the parties have arrived at a confidential settlement. This application was filed by a participant in...

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14 Oct Ontario Budget Comes Up Short for ODSP Recipients

By now, you may have heard that the Ontario government announced a few changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  These changes include: Raising the asset limits from $5,000 to $40,000 for single individuals and from $7,500 to $50,000 for couples; Increasing the income exemption for...

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