Labour & Employment Blog

Indecent Proposal? Whether and How to Ask Existing Employees to Sign New Employment Contracts

Written by on June 19, 2017.

Asking existing employees to sign new employment contracts can be a sensitive topic.  Employees will undoubtedly wonder why they are being asked to do so.  Many will quite rightly assume that the employer’s main motive for having new contracts be signed is to protect the employer – not the employee.   Some will sign without issue, while others will refuse to do so.  Others may sign reluctantly, and perhaps feel some ongoing resentment towards the employer for being asked to do so.  Emp...

The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report: Permanency and Equality for Temporary Help Workers

Written by on May 30, 2017.

Along with franchisors and unionized employers, the recommendations made in the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report could signal change for temporary help agencies, the individuals they employ (“assignment workers”), and the businesses who use these services to staff their operations (“client employers”). With the view that assignment employees are among “the most vulnerable and precarious in the workplace,” the review focused its policy objectives and recommendations for temp...

Hot Off the Press – Changing Workplaces Final Report Released

Written by on May 24, 2017.

Ontario Ministry of Labour Kevin Flynn released the Final Report of The Changing Workplaces Review yesterday. This 419-page report contains 173 recommendations that, if implemented, could have far-reaching implications on Ontario workplaces.  In terms of changes to basic employment standards, some of the highlights of the recommendations include: Part-time, casual, temporary, seasonal and contract employees be paid at least as much as comparable full-time employees with the same employe...

Unionizing Franchise Locations Could Become Easier Under Proposed Changes to Ontario Law

Written by on May 24, 2017.

The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review has now issued its Final Report, and there’s good news and bad news for franchisors. First, the good news: as we outlined in February, there were concerns that the Final Report would call for expanding the situations where franchisors would be considered the employers of a franchisee’s employees under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). However, the panel has chosen not to recommend any substantive changes to the “related em...

Change is gonna come: The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

Written by on May 24, 2017.

More than two years after Ontario’s Minister of Labour initiated it, the Changing Workplaces Review has issued its final report.  And depending on how (or if) the current Liberal government chooses to implement its 173 recommendations, employment in the province could look quite different a year from now.  As the authors describe their work: These changes would benefit workers directly, and employers and society in general.  Employees will benefit from a better workplace and an enhanced ab...