Changing Workplaces Review to be Released May 22: Media Reports

The countdown is on.

Over the weekend the Toronto Star and the CBC each published stories detailing what Ontarians can expect to see in the long awaited final report from the Changing Workplaces Review when it is released later this month. Citing unnamed government sources, the media outlets report that the Changing Workplaces Review has proposed a number of changes to Ontario’s labour and employment legislation including:

  • making it easier for cleaning staff and home-care workers to unionize;
  • requiring that employers provide employees with paid sick days;
  • increasing the minimum amount of vacation from 2 weeks to 3 weeks;
  • providing certain protections to independent contractors;
  • eliminating some of the exemptions to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 so that more workers are entitled to overtime and certain leaves of absence.

In addition, there is speculation that the Government may increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.

We will continue to follow this story and will provide a comprehensive review once the final report is released.

Andy Pushalik

About Andy Pushalik

Andy is a partner and the practice group leader of the Employment and Labour group of Dentons’ Toronto office. Andy has a broad labour and employment practice serving as “go to” outside labour and employment counsel to a wide variety of companies, charities and public sector organizations. Clients frequently seek Andy’s advice on sensitive human resources matters including workplace restructurings, discrimination and harassment complaints and workplace investigations. In addition, Andy regularly represents employers in all aspects of labour and employment litigation, including wrongful dismissal matters, grievance arbitrations and restrictive covenant disputes.

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