Update: The Ontario government has formally announced which amendments to Bill 148 it will repeal. Chief among the previous government’s modifications to the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 was a plan to raise minimum wage up to $15.00 per hour in 2019. While the current government won’t roll back the increase to $14.00 that took effect in January, 2018 it will pause minimum wage hikes until at least 2020.
“The Ontario government is delivering a balanced approach to labour reform that recognizes the pressures that small businesses are under, and protects workers,” OCSA CEO Dave Bryans says, regarding the October revelation. “This is good news for Ontario.”
For a comprehensive list of the amendments that will now be cancelled, including the proposed prohibition of employers requiring medical notes from employees, visit the provincial government’s website.
Sep. 18 ,2018: The Ontario government will not be proceeding with the previous Liberal government’s plan to increase minimum wage to $15.00 on January 1. Instead, minimum wage will remain at $14.00 as it has been since January 1, 2018.
There will also be a review of the entire Labour Bill (Bill 148) that some argue downloads costs to small business owners like members of the OCSA. For example, under the new bill, small businesses would be required to provide two paid leave days for any worker employed more than one week.
A comprehensive criticism of the bill can be found at the National Post where PC labour minister Laurie Scott says the ambitious wage increases have cost Ontarians part-time jobs. Read that article here.
As always, the OCSA will advocate for small businesses on this very important change to legislation.
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