Effective June 1, 2014, the minimum wage in Ontario has
increased to $11.00 per hour. The student minimum wage is now
$10.30 per hour and the liquor services minimum wage is now $9.55
Health and Safety Deadline
Effective July 1, 2014, all Ontario employers are required to
ensure that their employees have received mandatory safety
awareness training under the Occupational Health & Safety
Awareness and Training Regulation.
New Leave of Absences for Ontario Employees
On April 29, 2014, Bill 21 received Royal Assent. It provides
employees with the following additional leaves of absence:
Family Caregiver Leave: an employee is
entitled to up to 8 weeks' unpaid leave per year to provide
care and support to an immediate family member who has a serious
Critically Ill Child Care Leave: an employee
with at least six months' service is entitled to an unpaid
leave of absence of up to 52 weeks to care for a critically ill
child. The leave may be extended for an additional 52 weeks if the
child remains critically ill.
Crime-related Child Death or Disappearance
Leave: an employee is entitled to an unpaid leave of
absence of up to 104 weeks if their child dies as a result of a
crime. An employee is also entitled to an unpaid leave of up to 52
weeks if their child disappears as a result of a crime.
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Unfortunately, reasonable accommodation for employees in the workplace continues to be the source of significant litigation and even today we continue to see outrageous examples of employers behaving badly.
We are now beginning to see reported cases involving charges and subsequent fines laid against employers for failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to protect a worker from workplace violence.
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