Claire-Marie Colantuoni

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Claire-Marie Colantuoni advises on a wide range of labour and employment law matters, providing practical legal and business advice to both domestic and international clients. Called to the bar in both Ontario and Quebec, her practice encompasses all areas of labour and employment law in both Canadian common law and Quebec’s civil law jurisdictions, with a particular focus on employment standards, wrongful dismissals, workplace policies, human rights, occupational health and safety, and privacy.

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In a recent decision, Modern Cleaning Concept Inc. v. Comité paritaire de l’entretien d’édifices publics de la région de Québec, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) held that a cleaner who had a franchise agreement with a cleaning company was actually an employee, not an independent contractor. This “employee” determination, however, was in the context of a very particular legislative regime, which applied to the specific franchise relationship. Since the cleaner…
Employers commonly receive calls from Employment Insurance (EI) Officers seeking clarification of the information provided by the employer in a Record of Employment (ROE). The clarification or confirmation typically relates to the employee’s first / last day worked, insurable hours, insurable earnings and / or the reason for issuing the ROE (Block 16). Employers who are asked to speak to their reason for issuing the ROE should pause and consider what, if any, information to…
This is the second article in our two-part series in which we highlight changes under Quebec’s Bill 176, An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions mainly to facilitate family-work balance. In our first article, we outlined the new standard for directors’ and officers’ liability and several new compliance obligations for Quebec employers. Here we focus on changes to leave entitlements.…
The National Assembly of Quebec has made wide-ranging changes to the province’s labour standards legislation. The amendments were enacted through Bill 176, An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions mainly to facilitate family-work balance, which received Royal Assent on June 12, 2018. Employers with operations in Ontario and Alberta, should also be aware that these provinces also made significant changes to their respective employment standards legislation earlier…
The holiday season is upon us and so is festive cheer. Employment Insurance (“EI”) may not be at the top of, if at all on, employer holiday and New Year’s checklists, however, aiming to save in the New Year may well be. The EI Premium Reduction Program (the “Program”) allows employers to save on their annual EI premium contributions. Employers who provide a short-term disability plan to their employees are eligible for the Program if…