Ontario Bill 66 Given Royal Assent and Impacts Employment and Labour Law

An amended version of the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 (introduced as Bill 66) was enacted into law on April 3, 2019, which revises several pieces of legislation, including the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. Amendments to the Employment Standards Act Effective April 3, 2019, employers must make changes to the following HR and payroll practices and policies: Employment standards posting: Prior to April 3, 2019, section 2 of the Employment Standards Act (ESA) required the Minister of Labour to publish a poster on ESA rights and responsibilities. Employers were required to post that poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace and provide copies to each employee as soon as practicable after they were hired. The Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 moves the responsibility for publishing the poster from the Minister of Labour to the Director of Employment Standards. It also removes the employer’s obligation to…

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