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December 2017 Archives

BIG EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES IN ONTARIO DUE TO BILL 148, THE FAIR WORKPLACES, BETTER JOBS ACT, 2017

On November 27, 2017, the Ontario government passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, which received Royal Assent. Bill 148 makes significant amendments to Ontario's Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the "ESA"). Certain amendments are already in force, with other amendments coming January 1, 2018, and throughout 2018 and 2019. This blog will focus on the changes to the ESA.

Ontario employment contracts: The good and not so good

Contracts are becoming more mainstream in the working world. Employment contracts in Ontario define exactly what an employee's position entails and stipulate for how long. Contract work can be highly lucrative, yet many people still seek out permanent positions rather than work on a contractual basis.

Employee rights: Employees with disabled family members

When an employee has a family member who is disabled, there may be times when his or her work life is affected because they're taking care of that person. It may be that an employer in Ontario may have to accommodate those employees as part of their employee rights. In fact, a Human Rights Adjudication Panel in the Northwest Territories set a precedent by siding with a mother in the case of her disabled son.

Elder abuse in Ontario: Senior tells seniors to just hang up

A Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre volunteer told seniors to just hang up the phone when being called by people they don't know who ask for personal information. Many cases of elder abuse in Ontario happen over the phone. The presentation, which was developed by the volunteer speaker and an RCMP officer, was being delivered to seniors in Southern Ontario with the aim of educating the senior population about unscrupulous people who prey on them – some over the phone.