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Proposed Changes to Leaves of Absence in Ontario

This post was contributed by Regina Martyn, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Toronto)

Employers should be aware of the possibility of new statutory job-protected leaves of absence in Ontario.  Bill 21, known as the “Employment Standards Amendment Act(Leaves to Help Families), is in the Second Reading and proposes 3 new unpaid leaves for Ontario employees:

  • Family Caregiver Leave
  • Critically Ill Childcare Leave and
  • Crime-related Child Death and Disappearance Leave

These new leaves would be added to the seven existing leaves of absence permitted under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, including Pregnancy Leave, … Continue Reading

Minister’s extension of minimum wage agreement is unlawful

This post was contributed by Kate Paterson

The High Court has overturned a decision by the Minister of Labour to extend a collective agreement in the textile industry to non-parties to the bargaining council.

The agreement set out the minimum wages that employers who were parties to the agreement had to pay their employees.  The extension meant that employers who were not parties to the agreement now also had to pay these wages.  The recent judgment declared the decision to be invalid retrospectively because the Minister had not properly applied her mind to the decision-making process.

This is the second Continue Reading