Proposed Changes to Ontario Legislation to Protect Workers

Written by on June 9, 2015 in Employment Law Blog
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In order to protect and ensure the rights of employees across the province, Ontario has proposed new legislation to amend three separate acts involving workers.

The new legislation – Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015 – if passed, would modify the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, the Fire Prevention and Protection Act and the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act.

Proposed amendments:

  • Workplace Safety & Insurance Board – Adjust how to calculate survivor benefits
  • Workplace Safety & Insurance Board – Protect workers from retribution when reporting workplace injuries or illness
  • Workplace Safety & Insurance Act – Increase the maximum corporate penalty from $100,000 to $500,000 for convicted offences
  • Employees working in the broader public sector – Lessen the potential for disruptions and delays after there are changes to bargaining units
  • Professional Fire Services Sector – Provide additional dispute resolution tools by allowing labour relations disputes to be heard by the Ontario Labour Relations Board

For more details and information visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

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