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Minimum Wage Changes and other Employment Standard Changes

Posted: January 22, 2018

Join Stephen Goodwin, a partner with Hicks Morley, Canada’s largest labour and employment law firm

As of January 1, 2018, there were significant changes implemented by the Ontario government that went well beyond an increase in the minimum wage.  Additional changes that were set out in the Bill 148 amendments to the Employment Standards Act will take effect later this year and into 2019.  Many of these changes will significantly impact employers, including wage parity for part-time and casual staff to full-time, increased vacation pay, Personal Emergency Leave for all employers, with the first two days per year paid, as well as changes to scheduling and on call requirements that can also require payment for certain hours even where there is no work available.  Other changes are administrative in nature such as the new calculation for statutory holiday pay.  Employers who are not in compliance can face fines and orders to pay from Employment Standards Officers who can audit your employment practices.   

Bill 148 also amended the Labour Relations Act to provide additional protections and opportunities for workers to organize and join a union.  It is important to understand these requirements if your organization is faced with an organizing drive or receives an application from a union at the Labour Relations Board.  Where an employer commits an unfair labour practice, this can result in automatic unionization, even without a vote, and if there was a reprisal or termination of an employee, they can be reinstated to their former position.

Join Stephen Goodwin, a partner with Hicks Morley, Canada’s largest labour and employment law firm that represents employers, for an interactive session to review these changes, answer questions and determine best strategies to move forward under the new requirements.

The Collingwood Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an information session on
Thurs. Feb 8th from 1pm to 2:15 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Br #63
Cost is $10 

To reserve your spot please call  Trish Irwin at the Chamber 705-445-0221
or email


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