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Ontario announces that it will be “making Ontario open for business” by repealing Bill 148

Today the Government of Ontario announced that it will introduce sweeping “Open for Business” legislation that will remove burdens on businesses while also protecting workers. In other words, the Government of Ontario, as promised, will be “getting rid” of Bill 148.

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Q&A: Bill 148 increases vacation entitlements for all employees

In partnership with Stringer LLP, First Reference Inc. recently hosted the 19th Annual Employment Law Conference on June 12, 2018, where we discussed the latest legal developments on topics including practical compliance strategies in light of Bill 148. While the law is clear in theory, its application tells many stories as employers and HR professionals deal in the practical world of differing employment dynamics. In this conference Q&A, we address the increases to vacation entitlements brought forth by Bill 148.

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Ontario Passes Bill 148

On November 22, 2017, the Ontario government passed Bill 148, which includes amendments to the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”), the Labour Relations Act (“LRA”) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). On November 27, 2017, Bill 148 received Royal Assent.

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Ontario Bill 148 passed: A timeline of implementation

Ontario Bill 148 passed on November 22, 2017, enacting new employment and labour laws for the province. Employers will require assistance on when schedules in Bill 148 are being implemented.

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Bill 148 passes (but not before a few last-minute changes were made)

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Introduced on June 1, 2017 as a response to the Final Report of the Changing Workplaces Review, Bill 148 makes significant amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and most recently, the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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Ontario Bill 148: Are you really prepared?

On August 23, 2017, the Ontario Liberal Government met for the 1st reading of Ontario Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. There has been much concern in the public eye regarding the highlight of this act which states a 33% increase to minimum wage in just under 6 months.

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Managing employer risk through employment practices liability policies

Litigation arising from employment disputes continues to be an active area of exposure for businesses. The most common claims are wrongful dismissal, harassment, or discrimination by an employer, fellow employee, or third party.

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Welcome to 2019 with new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada: A summary

Welcome to 2019 and a load of new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada.

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Top five cases of importance to Ontario employment law – 2018 edition

2018 has been, compared to some other years, relatively quiet with respect to employment law jurisprudence. Sometimes that can be a good thing.

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Top 10 Ontario employment law stories of 2018

In 2018 there were many new developments in the employment law world. Here are my top 10 stories of
the year:

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Top 10 most-read First Reference Talks blog posts for 2018

This year on the First Reference Talks blog we’ve been covering some of the hot topics in employment and labour law and employee management.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with labour and employment law reforms, payroll rates for 2019 and motor vehicle allowances.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with Bill 47 that makes reforms to employment and labour laws and ESA-only termination clauses.

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Are you aware of Bill 47: Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018?

On October 23rd 2018, the announcement was made from the Government of Ontario that Bill 47: Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, will be proposed to change Bill 148. This new bill repeals sections of Bill 148 that had been previously introduced by the former government.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with new prohibited grounds of discrimination, the Canada Pension Plan and employment and labour standards.

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