HR compliance is hard. In our post about employment class actions, we wrote that “most violations of [employment standards] resulted from unintentional misunderstandings of the requirements of complex laws and regulations”. To demonstrate that point, we thought we’d share a few examples. These examples are either laws that are written in a way that makes them hard to understand, or they are requirements that are just hard to find. It is these issues – the way that these laws are written and organized – that makes HR compliance hard.
UPDATE – The federal government has called for an election on September 20, 2021. This means that Bills that had been introduced but not yet received Royal Assent (meaning they were not passed into laws) will die on the order paper. Bill C-11 is one of those Bills. This means that, at least for now, the proposed changes to Canada’s privacy laws are not moving forward.
Changes are coming to Canada’s privacy legislation. The federal government introduced new legislation in Bill C-11 that will replace part of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
The new Act will be called the Consumer Privacy Protection Act, and while it is similar to PIPEDA in many ways, there are some significant changes. Those changes include significantly greater penalties for non-compliance with the Act, as well as some new requirements.
These amendments are important to every organization that collects, uses or discloses personal information in the course of commercial activities, and will apply across the country (subject to exemptions for provinces that have substantially similar legislation).
Staying on top of the (almost) daily changes in COVID-19 requirements and guidelines is hard enough, but employers must also think about the privacy issues that go along with their COVID-19 response. Employers must comply with privacy legislation and that means paying attention to how personal information is collected, used and disclosed when an employer implements its COVID-19 response. We’ll talk about some of the key privacy issues to consider.