Preparing Ontario employers for the Bill 148 storm

The Ontario government’s bill is moving closer to being passed and the province’s employers are bracing for a wave of change
By Laura Williams
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 08/16/2017

As the proposed changes to Ontario’s employment standards and labour laws chug along towards being passed, human resources lawyer Laura Williams gives her take on what the changes mean for Ontario employers.

As two weeks of Ontario government consultations with business leaders, union representatives and employee advocacy groups came to a close recently, a clear consensus emerged amongst employers from across the province: The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) goes too far, too fast, in its attempt to modernize Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA).

“There is no question that the proposed changes laid out in Bill 148 will put the success and competitiveness of Ontario’s business community in jeopardy, particularly our small business community,” Ashley Challinor, director of policy for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, told media after one of the consultation sessions, echoing the views of industry and business organizations that expressed similar concerns over the bill’s rapid schedule for change.