Changing Workplaces Review Interim report contains options that could hurt employers, employees and contain rising costs for consumers
TORONTO, ON. July 27, 2016 – Leading employer groups are calling on the Government of Ontario to reject several proposals under consideration in the Interim Report of the Changing Workplaces Review. Following the release of the report today, key Ontario employers are concerned that many of the policy options under consideration by the Special Advisors could have a profound impact on the relationship between employees and employers in every workplace in Ontario.
While welcoming the release of the report, the employer groups have released a statement to draw attention to particular areas of concern where our advocacy will focus:
“At a time when costs for consumers and costs of doing business in Ontario are rising, government must consider the impact these changes will have on Ontario’s competitiveness and workers. Changes to the Ontario Labour Relations Act and the Employment Standards Act will have implications for Ontario’s economy, and that’s why it’s time to identify barriers to growth and recommend policies that will give businesses and their workers room to grow.
“We know that this is an interim report, being a compilation of the submissions made to the panel. While many of these policy options are still under consideration by the Special Advisors, if the Government fails to take an open, inclusive, and evidence-based approach to studying these proposals, it will compromise the ability of Ontario’s labour force to take part in flexible workplaces that accommodate workers’ individual needs and the demands of the global economy.
“We deserve evidence-based policy. Following the final recommendations of the Special Advisors, the Government of Ontario should conduct a cost-benefit analysis to assess the impact on jobs and the economy for any changes to labour and employment legislation that they accept from the Changing Workplaces Review. The Special Advisors should also conduct a demonstrated need test. This process should not be rushed. Ontarians need an economy that is competitive and responsive to an ever-changing global marketplace.”
In particular, Keep Ontario Working will focus on several policy options in the interim report that the government is considering, including:
For more information on the Keep Ontario Working initiative, visit www.KeepOntarioWorking.ca.