Human Resources Legislative Update
Ontario Reintroduces Legislation Amending Workplace Laws (Formerly Bill 146)
Date: July 23, 2014
On July 16, 2014, the Ontario government introduced Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 (“Bill 18”), proposed legislation that would, if passed, make significant changes to a number of employment-related statutes, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.
The amendments outlined in Bill 18 reintroduce measures proposed in Bill 146, which, as previously reported, had been introduced in December, 2013, and which had not been passed before the June election. In addition, Bill 18 incorporates new minimum wage rules that had been part of Bill 165, the Fair Minimum Wage Act, 2014 (also not passed before the June election).
For a detailed discussion of the new Bill 18 and the impact that these legislative reforms would have on your organization, please read our recent FTR Now.