On June 1, 2017, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. As we have previously reported, if passed, Bill 148 will significantly alter the employment and labour landscape in Ontario. Today, Bill 148 passed Second Reading after debate in the Ontario Legislature, moving one step closer toward becoming law. The Ontario Government published a news release regarding the Bill’s status, which can be found here.
Bill 148 includes proposed changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA). After it passed First Reading, Bill 148 was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (the Committee), which held consultations with industry stakeholders on Bill 148. The Committee then adopted certain amendments to Bill 148, and the Bill was ordered for Second Reading. For an overview of the proposed changes to the ESA and the LRA found in the original version of Bill 148 as well as the amendments made by the Committee, see our previous posts on changes to the ESA, changes to the LRA, and changes to Bill 148.
Some of the notable proposed changes include:
Now that it has passed Second Reading, Bill 148 has been referred back to the Committee where it may undergo further amendments. We will continue to track the proposed legislation and provide you with updates as they become available.