Beyond COVID-19: 2021 Year in Review – Cases and Legislation of Note

Employers and human resource professionals will undoubtedly remember 2021 as another year shaped by the pandemic. But … there were also legal developments in 2021 that were not related to COVID-19. In this FTR Now, we look at some of the year’s notable “non-pandemic” cases and legislative developments of interest.

Reminder to Employers: General Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2022

On December 9, 2021, the Ontario government passed Bill 43, Build Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2021, which, among other things, amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to increase the general minimum wage from $14.35 per hour to $15.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2022. The following changes to other minimum wage rates also come into…

Ontario Proposes Minimum Wage Increase Starting January 1, 2022

On November 2, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it plans to introduce legislation that, if passed, would raise the general minimum wage from $14.35 to $15.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2022. Under the proposed legislation, the minimum wage rate for liquor servers (currently set at $12.55 per hour) would be eliminated. This means…

Amendments to the Canada Labour Code Tabled in Budget Bill

On April 30, 2021, the federal government tabled Bill C-30, the Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1 (Bill C-30). If passed, Bill C-30 would give effect to certain initiatives proposed in the government’s Spring Budget, discussed in our FTR Now dated April 23, 2021 “Key Highlights of Federal Budget 2021.” In this Federal Post, we…

Ontario Minimum Wage to Increase October 1, 2021

On October 1, 2021, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase from $14.25 to $14.35 per hour. This minimum wage applies to most employees. Minimum wage rates will also increase for the following employees: students: from $13.40 to $13.50 an hour liquor servers: from $12.45 to $12.55 an hour homeworkers: from $15.70 to $15.80…

Ontario Minimum Wage to Increase October 1, 2020

On October 1, 2020, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase from $14.00 to $14.25 an hour. This minimum wage applies to most employees. Minimum wage rates will also increase for the following employees: students: from $13.15 to $13.40 an hour liquor servers: from $12.20 to $12.45 an hour homeworkers: from $15.40 to $15.70…

AdvantAge Ontario Human Resources Law: The Year in Review

Overview Join this popular annual webinar to hear about important developments in human resources law over the past year, and the key trends to think about for 2018. Topics will include an update on bargaining trends in the LTC sector, key changes under the WSIB regime, labour and employment update with a focus on Bill…

Ontario Minimum Wage to Increase on October 1, 2017

On October 1, 2017, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase from $11.40 to $11.60 an hour. This minimum wage applies to most employees. Minimum wage rates for specified students, liquor servers, hunting and fishing guides and homeworkers will increase on the same date. Note that the Ontario government has tabled legislation to increase…