Change is in the air. The leaves have turned bright colours, and many, if not most, have fallen to the ground. Seemingly endless summer heat waves have turned to cold days, rain and frost. Meanwhile, the days grow shorter. Is it any surprise then that Ontario employment law, which seems to be in an almost constant state of flux, has changed again this autumn? Just as we need to switch to winter tires for safety, turn off the water to avoid frozen pipes, and dig out our warmer clothes for comfort and protection, employers need to be informed of recent legal developments, and take appropriate steps to make their workplaces compliant to avoid legal liability and excess costs. Employees need to understand how the winds of change have affected their rights – which are not always what they might first appear. In either case, we are here to help lead you out of the wilderness.
Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018
You may have heard that the new Conservative provincial government has introduced a controversial new bill (47) with the sunny title Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018. The Act repeals many (but not all) of the sweeping changes to employment standards legislation which the previous Liberal government created via the equally controversial (and also sunny titled) Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (better known as Bill 148). The most well-known of the new government’s changes is to keep the general minimum wage at $14.00 Read more →
Spring brings further changes to provincially-regulated Ontario workplaces. These latest changes arise from last November, when the Legislature passed “Bill 148” (also known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act), on which we reported in a recent blog post. However, some parts of the Bill did not take effect immediately.
Starting April 1, 2018, Part XII of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), has been amended such that no employer shall pay an employee at a rate of pay less than the rate paid to another employee of the employer because of a difference in employment status when, Read more →