Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018
Many businesses that are provincially-regulated employers in Ontario have spent the better part of last year changing their workplace policies to ensure compliance with the labour reforms implemented by the Wynne government in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”). However, such …Continue reading the post titled Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018
Is Bill 148 being scrapped in its entirety?
Premier Doug Ford was quoted yesterday (Tuesday October 2, 2018) in the legislature as saying, “We’re getting rid of Bill 148. We’re going to make sure we protect the front-line workers.” His Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson was quick to slow down the move, saying, “There are parts t…Continue reading the post titled Is Bill 148 being scrapped in its entirety?
Ontario Government Announces WSIB Premium Relief for Employers
On September 26, the government of Ontario announced that Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) premium rates for employers will be reduced due to a steep reduction in the WSIB’s Insurance Fund’s unfunded liability. In the announcement, the provincial government stated that “the WSIB…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Government Announces WSIB Premium Relief for Employers
Divisional Court overturns Ontario Labour Relation Board’s certification of construction bargaining unit integral to telecommunications
In a significant victory for employers engaged in construction work in federally-regulated sectors, the Divisional Court in Labourers’ International Union of North America, Ontario Provincial District Council v Ramkey Communications Inc  has overturned an Ontario Labour Relations Board (“…Continue reading the post titled Divisional Court overturns Ontario Labour Relation Board’s certification of construction bargaining unit integral to telecommunications
Will They or Won’t They? Ontario’s new government and the WSIA
Since the Ontario Liberal government amended the Workplace Safety Insurance Act (“WSIA”) in April, there has been some confusion about who bears the responsibility for workplace injuries to temporary agency workers: the agency, or its client employer. On April 6, 2018, the Liberals amended t…Continue reading the post titled Will They or Won’t They? Ontario’s new government and the WSIA
Legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018
Canadian employers should be ready for the legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018. The Senate voted to pass the Liberal government’s Bill C-45 on June 19, 2018 and today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the October 17, 2018 date, which allows the provinces …Continue reading the post titled Legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018
Back to the Future – Public Holiday Changes Reversed
As we wrote in January, recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) under Bill 148 included a new method for calculating Public Holiday Pay. However, after widespread criticism from employers, the Ontario government announced Monday that it would be conducting a review o…Continue reading the post titled Back to the Future – Public Holiday Changes Reversed
And there’s more! New employer obligations, that is.
In its flurry of pre-election legislation, the Ontario government has now passed the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 into law. As of January 1, 2019, employers will have new obligations and restrictions when hiring new employees. All employers will be: prohibited from asking a job applicant about…Continue reading the post titled And there’s more! New employer obligations, that is.
Closing the Wage Gap in Ontario?
In yet another “time for a change” speech, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced last week that the government will take steps to close the wage gap between men and women. The gender-based wage gap has been stagnant for over a decade at about 30% – usually expressed as women earning…Continue reading the post titled Closing the Wage Gap in Ontario?
She’s Having a Baby! What do the New Extended EI Parental Benefits Mean for Employers?
In March 2017, the federal government announced its intention to extend employment insurance parental benefits to 18 months. This change took effect on December 3, 2017. While many Canadian employers are not thrilled with this change, it’s not all bad news. Same Total Maximum EI Benefits Par…Continue reading the post titled She’s Having a Baby! What do the New Extended EI Parental Benefits Mean for Employers?