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 […]

Bill to increase Minimum Wage hotly debated in Ontario …

October 18th, 2017

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is in the midst of being debated by members of the Ontario Legislature. The Bill proposes changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, which include an increase of the minimum wage to $14 per hour by January 1st, 2018 and again to $15 per hour by January 1st, […]

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 […]

Minimum Wage Embedded In New Law

June 26th, 2017

By: Nicolas Di Nardo With the new minimum wage increase set to become $15 an hour in 2019, it would require the Progressive Conservatives to change labour laws in order to get rid of it. The new wage increase will take effect six months after the June 2018 election. The Liberals have embedded it in the […]

Hockey Union alleges the OHL broke Labour Laws

June 21st, 2017

By: Nicolas Di Nardo Back in 2014, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) over wages. It claimed the league was breaching minimum wage laws. In summary, they are seeking $180 million in outstanding wages, vacation, holiday and overtime pay and employer contributions for thousands of players between 2012 and 2014. […]

Update: Proposed Sick Notes Ban

June 19th, 2017

By: Nicolas Di Nardo The praise for the Liberal government’s proposed ban on sick notes continues. During the government’s announcement outlining the proposed changes to Ontario’s labour law, which was part of the Changing Workplaces Review, doctors’ notes was the least of everyone’s concern, but it received the most support and attention by groups and […]

Update: Ontario Liberals Announce Changes to Labour Law …

June 1st, 2017

By: Michelle Cook, Summer Law Student Tuesday, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced which recommendations of the Final Report of the Changing Workplace Review she would like to see implemented, including a $15 minimum wage (see our summary of the Final Report here). While rumors of a $15 minimum wage have been swirling around since the past […]

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