The battle over who pays the OHP

Arbitrator says Ontario’s health premium is a tax employer shouldn’t have to pay
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The argument about whether Ontario’s health premium should be paid by employers took another interesting turn in a strongly worded arbitration decision involving PPG Canada and the Canadian Energy and Paperworkers Union.

While a few arbitrators have ruled that old language in some collective agreements meant employers were on the hook for paying the premium introduced by the province in 2004, and at least one court ruled such thinking wasn’t patently unreasonable, the arbitrator in this case said it would be a bizarre leap of faith to assume language relating to an old premium that was repealed in 1989 could possibly be read to mean employers were responsible for paying the new “premium” which, in reality, is an income tax.

When the premium was a premium