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Beyond the Final Report: Government of Ontario charts its own course following the Changing Workplaces Review

Posted in Employment Standards, Labour Relations

Last week, we reported on the Government of Ontario’s release of the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report, which comprehensively reviewed Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) and Labour Relations Act, 1995 (the “LRA”). Today, the Government of Ontario announced its intention to introduce The Fair Workplace, Better Jobs Act, 2017 in response to the 173 recommendations provided by the Final Report.

Notably, the Government of Ontario has proposed several changes that were either not among the recommendations put forward in the Final Report or that substantially diverge from the Final Report’s 173 recommendations, including:

  • Increasing the general minimum wage
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Ministry of Labour Goes After Unpaid Internships

Posted in Employment Standards, Interns, Wage and Hours

Lately, unpaid interns have been on the Ministry of Labour’s radar.  In June 2013 a policy statement was published which reminded employers that most unpaid internships run afoul of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”).  I wrote about this policy statement in a previous post.

In April 2014, arising out of a few high profile incidents involving the Walrus and Toronto Life magazine, the Ministry announced an enforcement “blitz” meant to determine whether unpaid interns in certain sectors of the economy were truly “interns” and therefore exempt from the ESA.  The results of that “blitz” have now been publishedContinue Reading

Ministry of Labour Announces Enforcement Blitz to Target Unpaid Internships

Posted in Employment Standards, Labour Relations

The Walrus and Toronto Life, two high profile Canadian magazines, recently shut down their internship programs after a Ministry of Labour investigation concluded that the programs contravened the Ontario Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”). The Ministry issued compliance orders for violations of several standards, including a failure to pay the interns minimum wage. Canadian Geographic and Rogers Publishing have since followed suit, also ending their unpaid internship programs.

The news will likely be filled with similar stories over the next few months as the Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that it is conducting an employment standards … Continue Reading

Minimum Wage Increase Coming to Ontario

Posted in Benefits, Compensation, Pensions, Wage and Hours

Effective June 1, 2014, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase from $10.25 to $11.00 per hour. The increase will result in Ontario and Nunavut having the highest minimum wage in Canada. The increase essentially accounts for inflation since the last minimum wage raise to $10.25 in 2010. The student minimum wage will also increase from $9.60 to $10.30 per hour.

The increase follows a report from a panel that was commissioned by the Ontario government to study the minimum wage. A key recommendation of the report was that the minimum wage be tied to the rate of … Continue Reading

Deducting Overpayments from Wages

Posted in Employment Standards, Wage and Hours

The Ministry of Labour has recently come out with an animated (and fairly entertaining) video on employee deductions titled Illegal Deductions from Wages.

The MOL stresses that deductions from employee wages are not allowed except in “specific circumstances”.  While this is helpful in reinforcing the general rule that deductions from employee pay are generally restricted under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), it is important to remember what these “specific circumstances” entail.… Continue Reading