Getting ready for flex time

Federal, Ontario workers will soon have right to request flexible work arrangements
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2018

Imagine being able to choose where and when you work for your employer or at least having the right to request changes to your work arrangements.

Beginning next year, most employees in Ontario covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 will have that right. Federally regulated workers will also be allowed to request flexible work arrangements once recently passed amendments to the Canada Labour Code (CLC) are implemented.

While many employers already give their employees flexibility by allowing them to work from home and/or choose their work hours, the legislative amendments will enshrine in law the right to request flexibility. This means that employers will have to consider employee requests and will be prohibited from punishing employees for asking for flexibility.