Bill 47 Passes: Here’s What You Should Know

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Sweeping changes have been made to Ontario’s labour laws. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, here is what you need to know. On Wednesday, the governing Progressive Conservatives passed labour reform legislation that rolls back many of the changes brought in by the previous Liberal government. The provincial government’s Making Ontario Open for Business… Read more »

Ontario Government Proposes Making Ontario Open For Business Act

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Just as employers and employees in Ontario have begun to settle in and adjust to the changes the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, better known as Bill 148, made to labour laws, the newly formed Progressive Conservative Party has said it will roll back some of those changes and freeze minimum wage to $14 an… Read more »

An Entrepreneur’s Story: Turning A Passion For Travel Into A Career

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There isn’t a cure for the travel bug, but the disease isn’t one that Shari Harper plans to cure anytime soon. In fact, the more she gets the opportunity to travel, the better because the feeling of going somewhere new brings about a rejuvenating feeling. For Harper, there’s nothing quite like chowing down on exotic… Read more »

A Look At Minimum Wage: What’s The Right Number?

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Would a few extra dollars an hour change lives for the better? The previous Ontario Liberals seemed to think an extra $2.40 an hour would do just that. In January, minimum wage earners received a substantial increase to $14 an hour. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, known as Bill 148, brought the change forward…. Read more »

The Legalization of Cannabis and Its Potential Impact on The Workplace

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Canada’s lawmakers have made a historic decision to legalize the use of cannabis. Canadians have been allowed to use the drug medicinally since 2001, but they will soon be able to consume it recreationally. Bill C-45, better known as the Cannabis Act, was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and is set… Read more »

Don’t Take a Risk, Protect Yourself From Ticks

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That minuscule black spot on the back of your elbow may just be a leftover poppy seed from lunch. Or it could be something more sinister. It could be a Lyme Disease-carrying tick. But could you spot the difference? It can be hard to tell, and that’s the point the U.S. Center for Disease Control and… Read more »

Ontario Passes Pay Transparency Law to Help Narrow The Gender Pay Gap

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Did you know Ontario is the first province to pass new pay transparency legislation designed to help close the gender pay gap? You might be asking, “what does this mean for me?” Here’s what you need to know, whether you’re an employer or an employee. The goal of the legislation, that passed Third Reading in… Read more »

Pay Transparency Delayed – What Does This Mean for You?

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The Government of Ontario recently passed the Pay Transparency Act, 2018, which will go into effect on January 1, 2019. This piece of legislation is part of Then Now Next: Ontario’s Strategy for Women’s Economic Empowerment, designed to improve gender equity over the course of three years. So, what does the Pay Transparency Act, 2018… Read more »

Ontario Launches New Skills Development Programs for Women: How Your Business Can Contribute

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Improving gender equity in the workplace is a major priority for Ontario. As part of this push, the Ministry of the Status of Women recently launched The Women’s Economic Security Program (WESP) to create funding streams for projects that help women develop and further their skills in the workplace. An Overview of WESP WESP is… Read more »

Ontario Government to Continue Review of New Holiday Pay Calculation Rules

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Business owners having a tough time navigating the new employment legislation surrounding holiday pay are getting a reprieve from the Ontario Liberal government. The Ministry of Labour announced Monday that it will take a closer look at its public holiday pay provisions as part of an on-going review of provincial labour and employment legislation. The… Read more »