Introducing Bill 148:

Ontario’s ‘Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017’

by Christine Clarke, VP Operations for SRG

They say there are 3 constants in life now: Taxes, Death and CHANGE. I think it is safe to say over the course of the last year, we have all been intensely following the progress of the Changing Workplaces review, given the significant impact these proposed CHANGES are slated to pose on our business operations and the province. While you are more than familiar at this point that, as of June 1st, Bill 148 – ‘Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017’ was introduced, passed First Reading and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs all in the same day, there are some important dates we wanted to highlight in this release.

Recently, SRGhr attended a session surrounding the proposed changes of now Bill 148 that was presented by Craig S. Rix, a Partner with Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, in conjunction with our Industry Group, ACSESS (Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services). During these communications, it was made quite clear this legislation was going to be moving fast and furious, with speculation it could reach Royal Assent before the end of the year. The best case scenario we can hope for, considering this high rate of transition, is that we can influence on slowing this train down with little hope of derailing it at this point!

Since attending this session, Hicks Morley has released two new publications, both of which provide a concise summary on the contents of the legislation contained within Bill 148:
Ontario Proposes Legislative Overhaul of Labour Relations Act, 1995 – Are you Prepared?

Bill 148 and the ESA – Changes are on the Horizon for Ontario Employers

Outlined within these publications are some key dates, considered preliminary at this time, in which the Standing Committee will be conducting hearings: June 22, 23, July 10-14, July 17-21 and August 21-25.

This will be our last chance as Employers to let our voices be heard! As an Employer, SRGhr will be actively participating with ACSESS. We highly encourage you to consider making a submission or presentation as well, representing your industry. The link following provides instructions on how to make submissions and will keep you current over the upcoming months as to the status of Bill 148 within the legislature:
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=4963&detailPage=bills_detail_the_bill

 

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