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[HR] Changes to the Ontario Employment Standards Act (2000)

Ontario Legislature Bill 148 has carried the first reading and is at second reading stage as of June 1st 2017.

Here are the key workplace impacts of the bill once it passes:

  • Raise Ontario’s general minimum wage to $14 an hour on January 1, 2018, and then $15 an hour on January 1, 2019
  • Mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing comparable work to full-time employees
  • Expand personal emergency leave to include at least two paid days per year for all workers
  • Ensure employees receive at least three weeks’ vacation after five years with the same employer
  • Require employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time

This is a good time to review your HR policies to ensure compliance. Please contact the Beneplan HR Advisor if you need assistance developing policies of your own:

HR@Beneplan.ca or 1-800-387-1670 x268