The new provincial Conservative government has decided to cancel a number of labour reforms brought in by the previous government. Some Ontario labour groups are saying the reforms regarding employee rights are unfair to workers, mean-spirited and reckless. Among the decisions are a freeze of the minimum wage at $14 an hour for two years and axing the two paid sick days.
Doug Ford says employers can't afford to pay employees for sick days. Critics say the Ontario Premier is treading on employee rights and workplace protections. Ford is aiming to blackball the former Liberal government's Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act which would hike the minimum wage to $15 come this Jan. 1 and would make employers pay employees for two emergency leave days each year. Ford called the act worse than carbon tax.
The registered charity, Outward Bound, has been bound by a Ministry of Labour decision to pay a former employee $500 vacation pay. The Ontario charity violated the former instructor's employee rights when the company failed to keep records of his work hours and neglected to give him vacation pay owed. The 31-year-old also lodged a complaint with the ministry, alleging the charity does not even pay minimum wage, pay for overtime or scheduled breaks.
Asking an employee to wear certain types of clothing on the job may be a big no-no. It could actually be infringing upon employee rights in Ontario. Some restaurant chains have been taken to task for allegedly making their female staff wear clothing that could be construed as being in violation of women's rights. Some women have been afraid to speak up, fearing they would lose their jobs if they did.
A Canadian man was recently awarded $28,000 in damages in a wrongful dismissal case. The court didn't buy the assertion of the former safety manager's Alberta employer, who said the man quit or that there was just cause for firing him. Most employee rights in Canada are protected by employment laws of their province and territory, and it is mandatory that places of employment in Ontario and in the rest of the country place an Employment Standards Act poster where all employees can see it.
It is every person's right to go to a workplace that is safe and free of harassment. All Ontario workers have employee rights in every vocation, including those in the service industry. The restaurant industry in Canada is offering training on sexual harassment after a prominent Alberta chef and restaurant owner was accused of sexually assaulting a staff member at a staff party.
Many workers across Ontario benefit from tips and other gratuities. Depending on their circumstances, they may rely significantly on tips to help earn a comfortable living. So what happens if as an employee, you aren't getting the tips that you've earned?
Everybody has the right to work in an environment that is free of harassment and discrimination. This right is guaranteed through both the Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Despite these reassurances, employees throughout Ontario’s workforce regularly experience hostility and harassment on the job.
Living with a mental health disability or addiction is hard. Having to navigate daily life in a workplace unwilling to accommodate these issues is even harder. While there are laws in place to protect employees with mental health issues or addiction, not every employer is compliant. The result? Workers who are unable to perform to the best of their abilities.
All teachers -- public and Catholic -- will now be on an even keel financially in the province. The Ontario government will be shelling out $39 million to school employee groups. The announcement was made after public school teachers launched a labour board complaint that their Catholic colleagues were getting more in payouts. The increase comes to level out the playing field between Catholic and public school employees, ensuring employee rights.