On March 1, Schedule 5 of Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, came into effect.
Working for Workers Act
The Working for Workers Act, 2021 (the “WWA”) passed into law on December 2, 2021. One of its more notable aspects was to ban the use of non-compete agreements in Ontario. Non-compete agreements restrict how workers may conduct themselves both during and after employment. Most importantly, they can prevent employees from working at competing businesses for long periods (often for several months or years) after the employee’s job has ended.
Employers should be aware of new changes coming to Ontario businesses with the Working for Workers Act, 2021 (Bill 27). These changes in the workplace come as a measure to improve the work/life balance of Ontarians and aid with the economic growth of the province while attracting top talent.