Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review: McCarthy Tétrault insight on the Government’s minimum wage increase and other proposed changes to workplace laws

Toronto, May 30, 2017 — One week after the release of the Changing Workplaces Review - Final Report, the Government of Ontario today announced its response to the recommendations for legislative change introducing The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, which would amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995.

In addition to the widely publicized increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the Government of Ontario proposed several other changes that were not among the recommendations in the Final Report including paid emergency leave and card-based union certification for certain industries. The Government of Ontario also adopted several significant recommendations from the Final Report – increased vacation time, equal pay for part-time, casual, temporary and seasonal employees, scheduling protections, successor rights on contract re-tendering, among them – all of which will impact union and non-unionized businesses across Ontario.

Should The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, be passed, as it is expected to in the Fall session, many of the proposed changes will become effective January 1, 2018.

If you have any questions about the implementation of the Changing Workplaces Review and how it will impact your workplace, please contact Tim Lawson or Matthew Demeo, or any lawyer in our Ontario Labour and Employment Law Group.

Read more on this topic and on the latest legal developments applicable to the workplace on our blog Ontario Employer Advisor.

McCarthy Tétrault’s Labour & Employment Group has extensive experience working with private and public sector employers. We provide advice on union-management relationships, collective bargaining, corporate restructuring, employment standards, executive compensation, workplace management, privacy concerns, novel work arrangements and managing technology in the workplace. We regularly appear before courts, labour relations boards, and human rights and administrative tribunals across Canada.

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