Ontario proposes to reduce red tape

ESA changes would affect excess hours and overtime averaging agreements
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 01/24/2019
Queen's Park
Currently before the Ontario legislature, Bill 66 proposes changes to more than a dozen laws, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000. Roy Harris/Shutterstock

Employers in Ontario will no longer need employment standards’ permission for employees to work excess weekly hours or to implement overtime averaging agreements, if proposed employment standards amendments become law.

The proposed changes were included in Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, which the government tabled in December before the province’s legislature adjourned until mid-February.

The bill proposes changes to more than a dozen laws, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000.