Summary: Ontario’s economy, like others around the world, has changed. Work is different and, for many people, increasingly less secure. Many workers struggle to support their families on part-time, contract or minimum-wage work, and many more don’t have access to time off due to illness.
In order to create more opportunity and security for workers in this changing economy, we introduced the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. It was passed on November 22, 2017.
This legislation makes a number of changes to both the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Labour Relations Act, 1995, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including raising the minimum wage and providing employees with:
- equal pay for equal work for casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal workers
- one week’s notice or pay in lieu of notice for employees of temporary help agencies if longer-term assignments end early
- fairer scheduling rules
- a minimum of three weeks’ vacation after five years with the same employer
- up to 10 individual days of leave and up to 15 weeks of leave, without the fear of losing their job when a worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence
- expanded personal emergency leave in all workplaces
- unpaid leave to take care of a critically ill family member
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