The Ontario government has been reviewing employment laws and labour standards in Ontario, the first such major review since the mid-1990s. A package of reforms is expected to be released next week. “Changing Workplaces” has been a two-year review, headed by outside experts Michael Mitchell and John Murray. The Ministry of Labour’s website contains the interim report (its only 312 pages, if you’re looking for a good read) and details on the review.
According to the media reports, the Changing Workplaces will address widespread reforms, including:
- Increasing minimum wage, up to $15 an hour (up from the current $11.40)
- Dealing with the increase in precarious and temporary worker jobs
- Requiring the same pay rate for employees in part-time positions performing the same job
- Protection for independent contractors doing the work of an employee
- Increasing the minimum paid vacation days per year
- Introducing paid sick leave
- Expanding emergency leave to employees at companies with less than 50 workers
- Eliminating some of the current exemptions to expand certain worker rights
- Increasing private sector unionization support
- Expanding successor rights for unions
Stay tuned for more updates as the reforms are released.