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CCPartners Seeking Input for Provincial Government Consultation Process and New ESA Obligation to Provide Information to Employees Now in Place

As many of you may be aware, the Provincial Government is considering whether changes to the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) and the Ontario Labour Relations Act  “(OLRA”) should be made to reflect the changing needs and realities of  Ontario workplaces.   CCPartners believes that this is an important opportunity for employers to voice their concerns about provisions in either piece of legislation that they believe have a negative impact on their ability to succeed in business, are overly complicated or should be amended to reflect a new and changing workplace community.   

CCPartners will be filing submissions with the provincial government and we want to hear from you so we can ensure that our submissions reflect the concerns of employers in this province.   Are you a temporary agency struggling with the much more onerous recent amendments to the ESA?   Are you a small business that finds the statutory holiday provisions overly complicated and difficult to apply to your workplace?   Are you a transportation business that finds the various hours of work provisions for different trucking businesses confusing?   Do you feel that the methods to obtain consent from your employees on overtime averaging, excess hours of work and payment method of overtime cumbersome to apply?   These are examples of issues that can be addressed in the consultation process.

Click here to access information relating to the consultation process.   If you would like us to consider an issue relating to the legislation please direct your comments to by not later than Friday, June 19, 2015.   Please note that the provincial task force will not be considering the construction provisions of the OLRA and therefore will not accept feedback on this area of the legislation.

June 19, 2015 Deadline for providing ESA Poster

The ESA Poster, version 6.0, was required to be posted in workplaces in Ontario.  The poster sets out information under the Employment Standards Act on hours of work and overtime, minimum wage, vacation time and public holidays, leaves of absence and termination notice and pay.  As of May 20, 2015, employers have until June 19, 2015 to ensure that the attached poster has been distributed to all employees.   After that, for new employees, the employer will have 30 days from the date of the employee’s start date to provide them with the poster providing the information.   There are also translated versions of the poster available from the Ministry of Labour website.   It is important for employers to comply with these new distribution obligations.    Click here for a list of lawyers at CCP that can assist with any questions you may have about your obligations to distribute the poster, or the ways in which you can do so in your workplace.

Please Note: This blog has been prepared as an informational service for our clients and other interested parties. It is not intended to constitute legal advice, a complete statement of the law or opinion on any subject. Although we endeavour to ensure the accuracy of the content, no one should act upon the information provided without a thorough examination of the law after the facts of a specific situation are fully considered.



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