Major ESA changes proposed in Ontario

Possible alterations to work standards have implications for payroll administration
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 08/01/2017

Payroll professionals looking after Ontario employees will have new employment standards rules to follow next year if provincial legislators pass proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000.

The amendments are part of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, which Labour Minister Kevin Flynn tabled in the legislative assembly in June. The bill proposes to make widespread changes to employment standards law, as well as the Labour Relations Act, 1995, which governs collective bargaining. Many of the changes would take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

The government announced the amendments shortly after it released the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, which it set up two years ago to examine workplace laws in light of issues such as globalization, technological advances, and the growth of non-standard employment and precarious work.