Ontario’s Labour and Employment Laws are Changing.
How Will it Impact Jobs and the Economy?
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is currently undertaking a review of the Labour Relations Act and the Employment Standards Act through its Changing Workplaces Review (CWR). The CWR has been tasked with examining key workplace trends, including the increase in non-standard working relationships such as temporary jobs, involuntary part-time work, and self-employment.
The Special Advisors that oversee the Review have released their Interim Report and it contains a number of policy options that could negatively impact workers’ rights and the ability of employers to create jobs and grow the economy. This includes policies that would restrict the flexibility of part-time and contract employees, one-size-fits-all changes to scheduling provisions, bringing about less transparency to the union certification process, and “paperwork provisions” that will add new layers of red tape.