The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 Passed in Ontario November 25 2017

Earlier this week, Ontario passed The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 which will raise the minimum wage, expand personal emergency leave, and increase enforcement of employment laws. Highlights of the passed changes include: 

  • Ontario’s general minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour on January 18, 2018 then to $15 per hour on January 1, 2019. 
  • Personal emergency leave will be expanded to 10 days per calendar year, with at least two paid days per calendar year for employees who have been employed for at least a week.
  • Employers will be banned from requiring a doctor’s note from an employee taking personal emergency leave.

For a list of all changes resulting from the passing of this legislation, please refer to our interview with Karl Baldauf, Ontario Chamber of Commerce VP, focusing on Bill 148 which can be found in the Knowledge section of our website.