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  • November 24, 2017

Pay and employment standards for workers all across Ontario

new legislation that was passed yesterday

Dear Residents:


I am writing to you today about new legislation that was passed yesterday improving the pay and employment standards for workers all across Ontario.


The Act called the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act 2017 will ensure the following occur:


1) Raise Ontario's mimimum wage to $14 per hour effective January 1, 2018 and then to $15 per hour on January 1, 2019. This will be followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation.


2) Mandate equal pay for part time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full time employees and equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as employees at the agencies' client companies.


3) Expand personal emergency leave to 10 days per calendar year for all employees, with at least 2 paid days per year for employees who have been employed for at least one week.


4) Ban employers for demanding a doctor's sick note from an employee taking personal emergency leave.


5) Bring Ontario's vacation time in line with the national average by ensuring at least 3 weeks vacation after 5 years with the same employer.


6) Make employee scheduling fairer, including requiring employees to be paid for 3 hours work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time.


7) Provide up to 17 weeks off without fear of losing their job when a worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence, including paid leave for the first 5 days.


Furthermore our government is hiring 175 additional employment standards officers to help enforce these new measures.


This is part of our government's plan to ensure that all Ontario residents are reaping the benefits our strong and growing economy.


Yours Truly,



Lorenzo Berardinetti

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