Wondering what the new Bill 47 is? No problem. Humi's got you covered. Here's what you need to know:
On November 21st, 2018, the Ontario Progressive Conservative government passed Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018. Bill 47 repeals several major employment and labour laws introduced by the Liberal government in 2017 (Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act).
Some aspects of Bill 148 remain: extended parental and pregnancy leave, the right to three weeks of paid vacation after five consecutive years of employment, and domestic or sexual violence leave. With this being said, several changes will greatly impact Canadian businesses.
Bill 47 mainly affects the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA), 1995. Amendments to the ESA will come into effect on January 1st, 2019, while changes to the OLRA came into effect on November 21st, 2018.
The following highlights some of the key changes to the law:
Employment Standards Act (changes in effect January 1, 2019)
Ontario Labour Relations Act (changes already in effect, as of November 21st)
For more information, check out Bill 47 along with the explanatory note here
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