NDP leader calls for change to employment standards

Seeks severance pay for workers at smaller companies

NDP leader Howard Hampton has introduced a private member’s bill that amends the Ontario Employment Standards Act to expand employer obligations to provide laid-off workers with severance pay and make other changes to treat laid-off workers fairly.

“As hundreds of jobs disappear on a daily basis and Ontario spirals toward ‘have-not’ status, workers are losing their livelihoods,” said Hampton.

Currently a company with fewer than 50 employees and a payroll of less than $2.5 million has no obligations or responsibilities to the employees for severance pay, under the act.

With Hampton’s bill, companies with 25 or more employees and a payroll of $1 million or more would be required to pay severance.

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