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