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Ontario Conservative Government to Roll Back Many Recent Changes to Employment Standards

Updated: Apr 8, 2019

On Tuesday, Ontario’s Conservative Government tabled the “Making Ontario Open for Business Act.” Once enacted, the bill will roll back many of the recent changes enacted by the previous liberal government in last year’s Bill 148.

The bill eliminates the two paid sick days legislated by the previous liberal government. It also cancels 10 personal emergency leave days and replaces that with up to three days for personal illness, two for bereavement and three for family responsibilities. all of which leaves are unpaid.

Additionally, the bill also reverses the pay-equity for part-time and casual workers Provisions contained in Bill 148.

Ontario's Conservative government has already stated that it will not proceed with the increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, a change that was scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and has kept it at $14.00 per hour instead.

Furthermore, the Conservative government has indicated that it will freeze the minimum wage until October 2020, with subsequent increases indexed for inflation.

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