Labour & Employment Blog

Bill 47 – Amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 1995

Written by on November 14, 2018.

The legislation governing unionized workplaces in Ontario, the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (the “LRA”) will be amended by the Ontario government if the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (“Bill 47”) passes in its current form.  Expected changes will include the following: Repeal of Union’s ability to obtain a list of employees Currently, s, 6.1 allows a trade union to obtain a list of employee names and contact information if the union obtains membership cards from twent...

Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

Written by on November 09, 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 businesses should be aware that Ontario’s recently elected Progressive Conservative government has tabled the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (“Bill 47”) which, if passed in its current f...

Is Bill 148 being scrapped in its entirety?

Written by on October 03, 2018.

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 that we will keep and there are parts that probably will go” and went on to say that the process is under review. Recently, Ford announced that the minimum wage increase scheduled for January 1,...

Ontario Government Announces WSIB Premium Relief for Employers

Written by on September 27, 2018.

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 will be able to cut the average premium rate for employers by almost 30 per cent, starting January 1, 2019.” According to the WSIB, premiums for Schedule 1 employers will decrease from an aver...

Divisional Court overturns Ontario Labour Relation Board’s certification of construction bargaining unit integral to telecommunications

Written by on August 29, 2018.

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 [1]has overturned an Ontario Labour Relations Board (“OLRB”) decision suggesting that all contractors performing construction work were subject to provincial labour relations laws, regardless of how vital, essential, or integral that work was to the federal...