January 1, 2018 Bill 148 came into effect –All employers must comply -Workshops are available to assist

Katherine Englander

By Katherine Englander

London, On. January 1, 2018: All enterprises with employees should be aware that effective January 1, 2018 Bill 148 came into effect. This bill is a substantial piece of legislation with many changes to the Employment Standards Act, The Labour Relations Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2017. The most notable change is the increase in minimum wage effective January 1, 2018 and another significant increase effective January 1, 2019. Bill 148 will require employers to make significant changes to their policies and practices. Employers will require assistance implementing Bill 148 due to a varied scheduled of implementation.
Personal Emergency Leave will become available to all employees, not just employees of employers who regularly employ 50 or more employees. In addition, two days of Personal Emergency Leave will be paid, provided that the employee has been employed by the employer for more than one week. The paid days will have to be taken before any unpaid days of Personal Emergency Leave in a calendar year. Employers retain the right to require evidence of entitlement to these days but they will not be permitted to require a certificate from a qualified health practitioner.
Local Human Resources Professionals Katherine Englander and Jennifer Mercer along with lawyers Lance Caesar and James Morgan are offering workshops in London (Jan. 19), St. Thomas (Jan. 17), Strathroy (Jan. 31)and Tillsonburg (Jan. 24) to assist employers in navigating this legislation. Sponsored by the St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre and the Elgin Business Resource Centre, workers are also welcome to attend the workshops to learn about the changes to the Employment Standards Act, The Labour Relations Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2017. Participants will be given a step by step implantation guide. Those interested can register on Eventbrite under Bill 148 by location or for further information contact Katherine at 519-494-2936. Preregistration is mandatory as breakfast will be served and handouts will be given.

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