Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is currently undertaking a review of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA) through its Changing Workplaces Review (CWR).
The Special Advisors that oversee the Review have released their Interim Report and it contains a number of policy options that could negatively impact workers’ rights and the ability of employers to create jobs and grow the economy. This includes policies that could:
- Restrict the flexibility of employers to hire part-time and contract employees
- Make the union certification process less transparent
- Create rigid, universal laws around work schedules
- Change the obligation of employers regarding employee benefits
These changes will impact nearly every aspect of the relationship between employers and employees in Ontario.
During the first round of consultations for the Changing Workplaces Review, the Special Advisors overwhelmingly heard from labour groups about needed changes. While important, we believe that balanced recommendations from the Special Advisors will necessitate broader engagement with employers, employer groups, and a broad cross-section of employees.
That’s why we’re calling on you to help identify barriers to growth and support policy recommendations that will ensure businesses in your community have the ability to hire and grow.
We encourage you to share the Keep Ontario Working campaign in your network and call on employers to help inform policy and process by sending a letter to government today.
This process is too important to be guided by ideology. Let’s make sure it’s driven by data and that the voice of the business community in Ontario is heard. Let’s Keep Ontario Working.
Questions or comments?
Contact Karl Baldauf, Vice President of Policy and Government Relations.