Ontario to overhaul employment standards

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/05/2001

The rules of work are changing in Ontario and not all the players are happy about it.

The provincial government plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming fall session to update the Employment Standards Act, which sets minimum standards and terms of work in the province, but labour and employer groups alike are voicing concern over proposed changes.

Employers are leery about a plan to introduce 10 days of unpaid leave for employees, said Paul Bonifero, chair of the provincial government affairs committee for the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario. The government plans to give employees in workplaces of 50 or more people, up to 10 days of unpaid job-protected leave to deal with family crisis, personal or family illness and bereavement leave.