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Ontario Employment Standards Act Update: 2019

Ontario Employment Standards Act Update: 2019

Ontario employment law has been in upheaval over the past two years and it is hard to keep track of the current state of the law and employer compliance!

In June 1, 2017 the Government of Ontario unveiled the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148), which introduced wide-sweeping changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (“ESA”). One year after Bill 148 was passed, a newly elected Ontario government introduced Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act 2018, which revokes and modifies many of the prior changes, some of which were still pending coming into force.

On November 21, 2018, Bill 47 passed Third Reading and received Royal Assent. The Bill 47 amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 came into force on Jan 1, 2019. The amendments that have been repealed include: