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Ontario Bill 148: Major employment and labour law changes (Webinar)

Jan 24, 2018

Ontario Bill 148 contains important amendments to the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995, including:

  • Introducing a 50% increase in mandatory vacation time for employees with at least five years of service
  • Imposing new statutory paid and unpaid leave obligations and limits an employer’s ability to require medical notes in relation to certain leaves
  • Criminalizing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and creates a reverse onus in respect of same
  • Establishing new union certification rules that make it easier for unions to succeed in organizing drives
  • Requiring that casual, temporary, seasonal, part-time and agency employees be paid the same rate of pay as regular employees beginning as of April 1, 2018
  • Imposing new obligations regarding “on call” time and changing work schedules, starting January 1, 2019

This webinar discusses the above as well as a number of other “hot topics”, including:

  • The new anti-reprisal and whistleblower provisions
  • An update on reported business responses and expectations in reaction to Bill 148; and
  • An update on the Ministerial review of managerial and IT professional exemptions to the overtime rules

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