Ontario Minimum Wage Increase

The Ontario government is increasing the minimum wage on October 1st, 2023 to $16.55 an hour. The Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton, acknowledges that this 6.8 percent increase will aid low-income workers with the increased cost of living. Workers who average 40 hours per week will have an increase of […]

Cleaner Washrooms on Construction Sites

The Ontario government is proposing changes to the Working for Workers Acts, 2021 and 2022.  The changes will require women’s-only washrooms on construction sites and make the skilled trades more accessible for everyone. The women’s-only washrooms aims to promote a more private, clean and safe environment on construction sites. The implementation of this policy would […]

Leave for Injured Military Reservists

The Ontario government is introducing new legislation to create job-protected leave for injured military reservists. If passed, the legislation will allow military reservists to return to their civilian jobs after deployment. A job-protected leave will acknowledge their physical and mental trauma, and could provide the reservists with additional time off to recover before returning to […]

Working for Workers Act, 2023

On March 20, 2023, the Ontario government introduced the Working for Workers Act, 2023. This act will strengthen protections for temporary foreign workers who have become increasingly vulnerable to employers who withhold or retain a foreign worker’s passport or work permit. The highest maximum fines in Canada may be imposed on both businesses and individuals […]

Croke v. VuPoint Systems Ltd., 2023 ONSC 1234

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined that an employee’s refusal to comply with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy can give rise to the frustration of contract.  In this case, a mandatory vaccination policy was implemented by Bell Canada, which operates through VuPoint Systems Ltd. (VuPoint). Two days after the policy was in effect, […]

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario v. York Region District School Board, 2022 ONCA 476 (40360)

In the recent decision Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario v. York Region District School Board, 2022 ONCA 476, the Court of Appeal for Ontario found that a school’s principal breached two teachers’ rights to privacy when he read and documented the teachers’ personal emails to each other, which had been left open on a school laptop. This […]

Ontario’s Proposed Changes to mass Lay-offs

The Ontario government is proposing updates to the Ontario Employment Standards Act (ESA) in an effort to protect remote workers. The proposed amendments seek to ensure that remote workers receive the same notice of termination, or pay-in-lieu of notice, as in-office employees would receive in mass termination situations. Currently, employers are only required to share […]

Ontario Expanding Cancer Coverage for Firefighters

The Ontario government has announced that it will be introducing regulatory amendments to expand cancer coverage for firefighters. The amendments to the Ontario Regulation 253/07 made under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, will expand the list of presumptive illnesses to include certain cancers. The amendments will provide firefighters with access to compensation to support the […]