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Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 UPDATE

Published by Terry Adamo

September 19, 2017

Complimentary Webinar & Roundtable Discussion 
September 19, 2017 
9am to 10am - Information Session 
10 am to 11 am - Roundtable Discussion 


The Government of Ontario in February 2015 announced a review of the issues and trends affecting employers and workers in the 21st century workplace that was to focus on how Ontario employment legislation, specifically the Employment Standards Act, 2000, (the “ESA”) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (the “LRA”) might be amended to keep up to date with a changing workplace that affects both employers and workers. It appointed two Special Advisors (the Honourable John C. Murray and C. Michael Mitchell) to commission research, conduct public consultations and ultimately prepare recommendations for the government’s consideration. The Special Advisors issued an interim report on July 27, 2016 and submitted their final report: “The Changing Workplaces Review: An Agenda for Workplace Rights Final Report” (the “Final Report”) more than a year later that was released by the Government on May 23, 2017.

At 419 pages, the Final Report contains 173 recommendations to amend both the ESA and the LRA. One week later, the Government introduced “An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and to make related amendments to other Acts” (“Bill 148”) with the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 as its short title.

Bill 148 passed First Reading on June 1 and a motion to dispense with Second Reading also passed. Bill 148 was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs for review over the summer. That Standing Committee has already conducted public hearings in July and is continuing its review of Bill 148. The CME together with its partner, Sherrard Kuzz LLP conducted a briefing followed by a roundtable discussion of the amendments to the ESA and LRA contained in Bill 148 on June 20th.

Given the significance of Bill 148 and the impact it will likely have on all our members, we are conducting a second detailed briefing of the proposed amendments to those two Acts, including but not limited to:


• Increase to Minimum Wage

• Related Businesses Declared One Employer

• Misclassification of Employees

• Equal Pay for Equal Work

• Scheduling

• Personal Emergency Leave

• Temporary Help Agencies

• Remedies and Penalties


• Scope and Coverage of the Act

• Union Access to Employee Lists and Information

• Card-based Acquisition of Bargaining Rights

• Automatic Certification and Other Remedies

• Consolidation of Bargaining Units

• First Agreement Mediation and Arbitration

• Just Cause Protection After Certification


This session is two-fold: 
9:00 am to 10:00 am Informational Webinar 
10:00 am to 11100 pm Roundtable Discussion/input 
Please register here. 

Additional Information

Location: Mississauga & Web
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Cost: Complimentary

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