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Human Resources Legislative Update

On May 13, 2024, the Ontario government tabled Bill 194, Strengthening Cyber Security and Building Trust in the Public Sector Act, 2024 (Bill 194). If passed, Schedule 1 of Bill 194 would enact the Enhancing Digital Security and Trust Act, 2024. Amendments would also be made to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy…

Human Resources Legislative Update

The Ontario government is inviting comments on proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) found in Bill 190, Working for Workers Five Act, 2024 (Bill 190). We discussed Bill 190 in our FTR Now of May 7, 2024 Ontario Introduces Working for Workers Five Act,…

Human Resources Legislative Update

The federal government has announced a “Consultation on the Employment Equity Act Modernization” (Consultation) further to the final report (Final Report) tabled by the Employment Equity Act Review Task Force in December 2023. At the time the Final Report was tabled, the Minister of Labour announced the government’s initial commitments to modernize the Employment Equity…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On May 3, 2024, the Ontario government announced it will table legislation that, if passed, would amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to increase fines for ESA violations and impose obligations on larger employers with respect to their publicly advertised job postings. Increased Fines Amendments to the ESA would increase the maximum fine for…

Human Resources Legislative Update

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) has announced a public consultation on proposed amendments to O. Reg. 275/94 under the Nursing Act, 1991 that would amend the educational requirements for registration as a registered nurse (RN) or registered practical nurse (RPN). These proposed amendments were developed based on feedback received during an initial public…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On May 1, 2024, the following amendments made to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) by Bill 149, Working for Workers Four Act, 2024, will come into force. Additional Indexing Factor The WSIA currently permits annual adjustments to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits on the basis of an indexing factor, as…

Human Resources Legislative Update

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development has announced a consultation on the potential introduction of an unpaid leave of absence under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) of up to 27 weeks for employees experiencing serious or critical illness. This would arise either through the creation of a new leave or…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On March 28, 2024, the Ontario government posted Proposed New Regulations and Amendments to Regulations under the Connecting Care Act, 2019 and other Acts for comment from stakeholders. The proposed regulations would support changes to the Connecting Care Act, 2019 (CCA) as amended by the Convenient Care at Home Act, 2023, which have not yet…

Human Resources Legislative Update

On March 28, 2024, the Ontario government announced that the general minimum wage will increase to $17.20 an hour (from $16.55 an hour) effective October 1, 2024. This minimum wage applies to most employees. The minimum wage for the following groups also increases on October 1, 2024:

Human Resources Legislative Update

Ontario Announces Public Hearings on Bill 166

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The Standing Committee on Social Policy (Committee) will hold public hearings to consider Bill 166, Strengthening Accountability and Student Supports Act, 2024, on Monday, April 15, 2024 and Tuesday, April 16, 2024. For an overview of the changes proposed by Bill 166, see our FTR Now Ontario Tables Bill Introducing Policy Requirements for Colleges and…