Human Resources Legislative Update
Ontario Tables Legislation Regarding Right to Wear Poppy in Workplace During Remembrance Week
Date: October 29, 2021
On October 28, 2021, the Ontario legislature tabled Bill 38, Remembrance Week Amendment Act, 2021 which, if passed, would amend the Remembrance Week Act, 2016 to provide every worker in Ontario the right to wear a poppy in the workplace during Remembrance Week. An exception would exist if wearing a poppy would pose a hazard to the health, safety or welfare of any person.
Bill 38 would also add to the preamble of the Remembrance Week Act, 2016 to state that poppies are worn during Remembrance Week as a symbol of remembrance and respect.
Editor’s Note: Bill 38 received Royal Assent on November 9, 2021 and came into force on the same date.
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