Employment Bill 148 is Being Scrapped…But Which Parts …

October 10th, 2018

Last week Doug Ford announced that he was halting the implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage in Ontario but it looks like he is seeking to additionally roll back other employment laws that have already come into force. Yesterday, October 2, 2018, Doug Ford announced in the Ontario legislature that he was going […]

 

New Workplace Standards Bill Is Now Law

November 29th, 2017

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, has passed its third and final reading with the Ontario Legislature and will very soon become law. The Bill makes significant changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws, including changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and the Occupational Health and Safety […]

 

Colleges and Faculty to Continue Contract Discussion to …

October 10th, 2017

In a previous blog post we discuss the call for a strike that Ontario’s colleges faculty members will vote for in the fall, after rejecting a 7.5% wage hike offered by the Ontario government. Now, they are back to negotiating after the Thanksgiving weekend. Ontario’s colleges are back at the bargaining table today, as the […]

 

Toronto Zoo Strike Costs Toronto $4 Million

October 4th, 2017

Last spring, the Toronto Zoo saw a strike over wages for its workers, which caused the Zoo to remain closed for 5 weeks while an agreement was reached. The agreement gave the workers a 1.25-per-cent wage hike in each of the four years of their contracts and the non-union staff will be closely watched as […]

 

Ontario’s Workforce is Increasingly Temporary

September 27th, 2017

Recently, Fiera Foods, an industrial bakery in Toronto, came under fire for the third death of a worker at its factory since 1999. All three workers were temporary workers and killed in workplace accidents, giving rise to questions of the quality of training that such employees received. A temporary worker is more likely to be […]

 

Recycling Plant to Pay $1.33M in Fines, Back Wages

September 26th, 2017

A recycling plant in North York has been employing temp-workers for years at a low-wage and has been ordered to pay $1.33M in fines and back pay to workers. Canada Fibers Ltd. has violated the City of Toronto’s fair wage policy after a two year investigation revealed they were paying workers below the agreed upon […]

 

Ontario Legislature Returns From Summer Break – Labou …

September 11th, 2017

Queen’s Park resumes today after summer break, with much to keep them busy this fall. They will focus on the labour law changes and marijuana legalization which is set for July of next year. In addition to these two major topics, they are also resuming in the midst of two Liberal trials, one of which […]

 

Significant Changes Coming to Ontario’s Labour and Em …

August 30th, 2017

Ontario is one step closer to approving the minimum wage increase of $15 an hour, however that is not the only change that is on Ontario’s horizon. A legislative committee studying the bill has concluded its work, advancing the bill to the fall session of the legislature, which begins September 11. Bill 148, known as […]

 

Ontario’s Colleges Call for Strike

August 10th, 2017

By: Stuart Clark, Student-at-Law According to the Toronto Star, the Ontario government has offered faculty members at the province’s colleges a 7.5% wage hike. However, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (“OPSEU”), has called for a strike vote in the fall—wanting to address other issues beyond compensation. Employers and workers represented by a union negotiate […]

 
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