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Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act

Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act

By now you have likely heard Ontario has introduced legislation called the “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.

Here is a brief summary of the proposals that are been recommended:

  • To raise Ontario’s general minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation
  • To mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full-time employees. Also, equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as permanent employees at the agencies’ client companies
  • To expand personal emergency leave to include an across-the-board minimum of at least two paid days per year for all workers
  • To align Ontario’s vacation time with the national average by ensuring that employers offer at least three (3) weeks’ vacation after five years of employment with their company
  • To make employee scheduling fairer for example, requiring employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time.
  • To increase oversight of independent contractors and ensure that employees are not misclassified and therefore get the benefits they deserve.
  • The government is also looking at measures to expand family leaves

The government has indicated it will hire up to 175 more Employment Standards Officers to enforce the changes.

Change is coming to Ontario. This will have an impact on your business. It will be critical to ensure that your company’s’ policies and procedures are updated to ensure compliance.

Making employees aware of these changes will be your responsibility.

First Source Human Resources can provide everything you will need to stay compliant.

Please contact us at 705-266-5602 and/or via email at jroach@fistsourcehr.ca for a free consultation and to learn more about our HR services and how we can best partner with you.

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