The Government of Ontario’s new legislation, the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act, has many employers questioning what they have to do to prepare for the changes. A mere example of how huge this change is can be seen by Loblaws recent announcement that the wage hikes will increase their labour expenses by about $190 million next year (source).
In order to help employers grasp these proposals, we have broken down the changes into two condensed and simplified blog posts. This post will focus strictly on proposals that pertain to changes in pay and direct costs to employers. Part two will address proposals that relate to aspects of employment outside of pay.
The following is a highlight of the changes being proposed – please note that only the main points have been mentioned and that some further details have been left out. To read more detailed information, visit the links provided at the end of the post.
Increasing the Minimum Wage
Equal Pay for Casual, Part-Time, Temporary & Seasonal Employees
Public Holiday Pay
Paid Emergency Leave (PEL)
Interest on Unpaid Wages
For the specific LRA proposals, as well as the additional ESA details, click here.
Stay tuned for Part Two which will discuss ESA proposals not pertaining to pay, and all of the LRA proposals.
We will be following updates on this legislation as they become available and will do our best to relay that information in a way that is helpful to you as an employer.
Clear Path is also planning a training session/PowerPoint outlining key changes for employers and best practices for adjusting business activities accordingly. We’d love to hear what information you want to know and how we can best serve you in this way. Please leave your suggestions in the comments sections, tweet us @Clear_Path, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPP’s recently finished a two-week consultation process where the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs heard from residents and business owners in 10 communities. Items that were brought up during some of the public hearings can be found on the Ontario Legislative Assembly website.
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