Ontario’s Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, continues to move through the legislative process. On September 12, 2017, the Second Reading of Bill 148 commenced. To bring you up to speed on the current proposals, and in addition to our previous articles here and here, an overview of the key changes is provided below.

Employment Standards Act, 2000

Many of the proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act are set to take place on a rolling basis. For example, as of January 1, 2018, many of the increased leave requirements are set to come into force. However, increased pregnancy leave and the ultimate minimum wage increase are set to come into force on April 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019, respectively.

It is likely that these timelines will change as Bill 148 is subject to further debate by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and a Third Reading.

Labour Relations Act

The proposed changes to the Labour Relations Act are set to take place six months after Bill 148 comes into force.

We will continue to monitor the progress of Bill 148 as it moves through the legislative process.The proposed changes to the Labour Relations Act are set to take place six months after Bill 148 comes into force.

Many thanks to Megan Paterson for her assistance in drafting this article.