AdvantAge Ontario Webinar: Human Resources Law – The Year in Review

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 2019. Topics will include an update on: bargaining trends in the LTC sector; managing the workplace consequences of the legalization of cannabis; the labour and employment impacts of the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018; the impacts of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 on employers; and more!

Legislation Reversing Parts of Bill 148 Passes

On November 21, 2018, Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, as amended by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, passed Third Reading…

Bill 47 Referred to Committee with Public Hearings to be Held on November 15: Note Quick Deadline for Request to Make Submissions

On November 12, 2018, Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, was carried on division at Second Reading and was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The Committee will be holding public hearings on the Bill in Toronto on Thursday, November 15, 2018. For those parties who wish…

End of the Bill 148 Era: Ontario Bill to Reverse Employment and Labour Reforms

On October 23, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (Bill 47), new legislation that if passed in its present form would effectively “undo” many of the key changes to workplace laws implemented by Bill 148. The range of changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)…

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Reverse Key Bill 148 Employment and Labour Reforms

On October 23, 2018, the Ontario government announced that it will be introducing proposed legislation today to repeal many of the significant employment and labour law reforms enacted by Bill 148 – including provisions with respect to equal pay, paid personal emergency (PEL) days, scheduling, card-based certification for certain industries and eliminating the requirement that employers provide unions with contact information for employees where they demonstrate that they have 20% support. Learn more in this FTR Now.

Bill 47 and Bill 148

On November 21, 2018, Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (Bill 47) came into force. This new legislation effectively “undoes” many of the key changes to workplace laws implemented by Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Betters Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148). Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) are effective…

The First Bill 148 Cases: Overview of Key New ESA Decisions

It has now been 7 months since Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, was enacted and cases are beginning to emerge which interpret the new provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). In this Minimum Standards Monitor, we review some decisions of particular interest to employers which involve the new personal emergency leave (PEL) requirements, the equal pay for equal work provisions and the new minimum wage entitlements.

Update on Personal Emergency Leave in the Municipal Sector

The introduction of two paid personal emergency leave (PEL) days to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) has revived the debate about whether collective agreements or policies provide a Greater Right or Benefit (GROB), or alternatively, whether entitlements under the collective agreement or policies can be offset against the PEL entitlement. The first arbitration case since the paid entitlements were introduced (from Arbitrator Mitchnick) has brought an interesting twist to the debate.