Complimentary Webinar

Bill 148: The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act: Navigating a Changed Landscape

Event Summary

This Webinar will examine the Liberal government’s dramatic overhaul of Ontario’s labour and employment legislation, including the following proposed changes, which are expected to have a significant impact on the way that employers manage their workplaces. Most of the expected changes will come into effect on January 1, 2018. In this two-hour session we will cover a range of topics including:

Changes to the Employment Standards Act

  • The Election Context and the Expected Economic Impact of the Changes
  • Misclassification of Employees
    • Risks faced by employers utilizing contractors
  • Changes to Work Schedules or Work Location
    • How employers should manage employee requests
  • Scheduling Provisions
    • The new rules respecting minimum pay for short shifts and cancelled shifts, call in pay, and the right to refuse work on insufficient notice
  • Adjustment to Compensation
    • Increase to the minimum wage and increase to vacation entitlement
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work
    • The new restrictions prohibiting distinctions on the basis of employment status and on the basis of status as an employee of a temporary help agency
  • Leaves of Absences
    • Pregnancy and Parental Leave
    • Family Medical Leave
    • Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave
    • Personal Emergency Leave
      • Paid Leave
      • Restrictions on the right to require medical evidence to support the leave
  • Temporary Help Agencies
    • Notice obligations

Changes to the Labour Relations Act

  • Union’s Access to Employees’ Personal Information During Organizing Campaigns
  • Automatic Certification, in the Case of an Unfair Labour Practice
  • Card-based Certification in the Building Services, Home Care, Community Services and Temporary Help Sectors
  • First Collective Agreement Mediation and Arbitration
  • Successorship in the Building Services Sector
  • Consolidation of Bargaining Units

Session will end with a Q&A.


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