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Bill 148 Undergoes Significant Amendment

Brought to you by Sherrard Kuzz LLP Employment & Labour Lawyers

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, passed Third Reading in the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  The legislation introduces significant amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Acts and Labour Relations Act, and limited amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Most of the amendments come into force on January 1, 2018.  It is therefore important employers prepare now (many Sherrard Kuzz LLP clients have already begun).

When Bill 148 was first introduced in June 2017, Sherrard Kuzz LLP prepared a comprehensive Executive Summary including an analysis of the practical implications for Ontario workplaces.  The Executive Summary was widely republished and used as a resource by industry associations, employer advocacy groups, and academia.  It can be found on our website atChanging Workplaces Review – Final Report & Bill 148 – Executive Summary and Commentary – Sherrard Kuzz LLP – June 2017.  We are now in the process of updating our Executive Summary (including the detailed analysis) to reflect further changes to Bill 148 as it has moved through the Legislature (since June 2017).  The updated Summary will soon be posted on the home page of our website.

What You Need To Know

In the interim, this briefing note summarizes all of the key amendments to the Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act and Occupational Health and Safety ActDownload it here.

To learn more and for assistance preparing your workplace for Bill 148, contact Sherrard Kuzz LLP.

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