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On November 22, 2017, the Ontario government passed Bill 148 – Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. This legislation will significantly change the workplace laws in Ontario. Some of the changes are immediate, and some are phased in over time.

As Bill 148 could significantly impact a large number of our small business clients we’ve put together a short chart to help explain some of the more serious changes that are now going to be law. Should you be unsure of how any of these might impact your business, or if you have further questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our office to ensure that your organization is ready to comply with all of Bill 148’s changes.

Area of Change Previously Bill-148
Minimum Wage $11.40/hour $14/hour (Jan. 1, 2018) $15/hour (Jan. 1, 2019)
Independent Contractor (IC) Status It will now be a violation to misclassify an Employee as an IC
Part-Time, Casual, Temp, or Seasonal Employees            Must have the same pay rate as comparable full-time positions. There are some exceptions.
Personal Emergency Leave                        10 days if company had over 50 employees 10 days (2 paid) for all employers, no note(s) required
Family Medical Leave 8 weeks 27 weeks
Parental Leave               up to 37 weeks up to 63 weeks
Pregnancy Leave for miscarriage or stillbirth              6 weeks 12 weeks
Public Holiday Pay                    Formula-based – no “time off in lieu” allowed
3-Hour Rule                  3 hours at min. wage if employees regular shift was reduced to under 3 hours minimum 3 hours regular pay for shifts < 3 hours or shift cancellation
Scheduling                right to request changes in work hours or location(s)
Record Keeping Requirements            Businesses must now keep scheduling, leaves, on-call shifts, vacation time, pay records
Domestic Violence Leave up to 10 days, up to 15 weeks
Crime-Related Child Disappearance Leave52 weeks104 weeks
Child Death Leave104 weeks