Understanding the Right to Disconnect Law
In our first video in our new series “Understanding the Right to Disconnect Law”, Ron Minken, Senior Employment Lawyer at Minken Employment Lawyers, discusses what the Right to Disconnect Law is and important upcoming deadlines for Employers.
In this series we will be examining various issues concerning the Right to Disconnect Law.
What is the Right to Disconnect Law?
Employers with 25 or more employees as of January 1 of any year are required to have a written policy in place for all employees with respect to disconnecting from work, before March 1 of that year, which must include the date the policy was prepared and the date any changes were made to the policy.
Under the Employment Standards Act, 2000,
“disconnecting from work” means not engaging in work-related communications, including emails, telephone calls, video calls or the sending or reviewing of other messages, so as to be free from the performance of work.
For the 2022 calendar year, employers with 25 or more employees as of January 1, 2022, must implement this new policy with respect to disconnecting from work by June 2, 2022. Every year after that, the March 1 deadline will apply.
Employers are required to provide a copy of the written policy to each of the employees within 30 days of preparing the policy, or if an existing written policy is changed, within 30 days of the changes being made. For new employees, employers must provide a copy of the written policy within 30 days of the day the employee begins working. This means that employers will have until July 2, 2022 to provide a copy of the written policy to each of their employees.
If you’re an employer who needs employment law help regarding the Right to Disconnect law, please reach out to us by phone 905-477-7011 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please note this video is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
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