Entries in minimum wage (3)


OCC: Regulatory Update - Spring 2015

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce's (OCC) quarterly Regulatory Updatesummarizes what employers need to know about the latest changes to the regulatory environment for businesses. Easing the regulatory burden for Ontario businesses is one of our top priorities. We are committed to continuing to advocate for a business climate that fosters investment and growth.

Direct Employer Access to ‘Express Entry’ Applicants Now Available

Employers now have direct access to Express Entry (EE) applicants through Job Match, a revamped version of Job Bank, the federal government's job database. Job Match facilitates direct connections between employers and candidates.

This follows the launch of EE earlier this year. EE is the federal government's new electronic application management system for recruiting highly skilled immigrants. The system puts employers front and centre in the immigrant selection process.

To access Job Match, visit: http://bit.ly/1EpsQxM

Learn More: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/employers/express-entry-presentation-fall2014.asp

New Employment Standards Poster Requirement in Effect This Month
In effect May 20, 2015

Starting May 20, 2015, employers in Ontario must provide all current employees with a copy of version 6.0 of the Ministry of Labour’s Employment Standards Poster within 30 days. Any new employees hired after May 20, 2015 must be given a copy within 30 days of their date of hire. Ministry-prepared translations of the poster are available.

Learn more: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/poster.php

Ministry of Labour Consulting to Address the Changing Nature of the Workplace
June and July 2015

The government has launched public consultations on the changing nature of the modern workplace. The consultations will focus on how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended to keep pace with the changing needs of workers and employers.

The consultations will address a number of topics, including the increase in non-standard working relationships (e.g. part-time work and self-employment) and accelerating technological change.

Consultations will be taking place in June and July in the following communities:

  • Toronto – June 16
  • Ottawa – June 18
  • Mississauga – June 24
  • Guelph – June 25
  • Windsor – July 7
  • London – July 8

Learn More: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/about/workplace/consultation.php

Minimum Wage Set to Increase Later This Year
In effect October 1, 2015

Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. Minimum wage rates for jobs in special categories (liquor servers, homeworkers, students, etc.) are also increasing at the same time.

Learn More: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/minwage.php?ww_newsFlashID=446FBD61-A7C2-A6DE-6675-FCDF4FD4CBBF

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Consulting on Rate Reform
Submissions due June 30, 2015

The WSIB is reviewing how its rates are set. They have developed a proposed preliminary Rate Framework which aims to address fundamental issues with the current employer classification structure and premium rate setting processes. They are currently consulting with employers on the framework.

Written submissions to the WSIB are due by June 30, 2015.

Learn More: http://www.wsib.on.ca/WSIBPortal/faces/WSIBDetailPage?cGUID=WSIB060197&rDef=WSIB_RD_ARTICLE&_afrLoop=3537831839977000&_afrWindowMode=0&_afrWindowId=ckls2wcz_1#%40%3FcGUID%3DWSIB060197%26_afrWindowId%3Dckls2wcz_1%26_afrLoop%3D3537831839977000%26rDef%3DWSIB_RD_ARTICLE%26_afrWindowMode%3D0%26_adf.ctrl-state%3Dckls2wcz_42

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Bill Passed by Legislature

On April 29, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2015 was approved by the Ontario Legislature. This Act forms the foundation of the government's new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) and requires that the pension plan be implemented by January 1, 2017. Important details of the plan, such as which workplace pension plans will be exempt from the ORPP, have yet to be worked out.

The ORPP will be a standalone, mandatory pension plan requiring employers and employees to contribute 1.9 percent of an employee’s yearly earnings (up to a maximum of $90,000) per year. In its 2015 Budget, the government committed to establishing a body (the ORPP Administration Corporation) that will be responsible for administering the plan and investing contributions.

Before approval by the Legislature, the Act was amended to require the Minister of Finance to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of the new pension plan by the end of the calendar year.

Learn More: http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2015/04/bill-strengthening-retirement-security-for-millions-of-workers-passes-in-ontario-legislature.html

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What businesses need to know: Minimum wage is going up October 1 

A provincial government panel examined minimum wage in 2013 and presented its findings in 2014.  The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce participated in a submission to government from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.  The recommendations of the submission were that employers were looking for a fair, transparent way to apply future increases to the minimum wage.   The Chamber Network encouraged tying these future increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).   

Under legislation passed in December 2014, the government must announce minimum wage increases before April 1st of the calendar year and that increase will then come into effect on October 1st of that calendar year.  

Press Release from Ontario Government

What Businesses Need to Know

Comment through the "Peterborough Chamber" group of LinkedIn.


Province moves ahead with legislation to tie minimum wage increases with CPI

The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce was part of a group of Chambers of Commerce in the network to encourage government to go this route.  The recommendations in the September 2013 report called “Predictable, Transparent, Fair: The Business Perspective on How to Set Ontario’s Minimum Wage”  included adjusting the minimum wage every two years based on the cumulative change of CPI.  The government has decided to make the change every year with an announcement made in April and the changes coming into effect October 1st of that year.  

Ultimately, the Chamber Network report came to the following conclusion: “By tying the minimum wage to the CPI, both employers and employees will be able to reasonably predict the increases in their labour costs and salaries, respectively.  Everyone will benefit.  Workers won’t be subject to long freezes and deterioration of their purchasing power.  Employers won’t be subject to sudden and unforeseen increases in the cost of doing business.” 

Ontario Government Press Release: 

November 6, 2014 12:10 P.M.

Today, Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, passed third reading with all party support in the Ontario legislature. 

The new act supports Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy, and is designed to further increase protections for vulnerable workers. The act will help workers by:

  • Tying future minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index for Ontario which will be announced by April of each year, and come into effect on Oct.1
  • Ensuring Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage for unpaid co-op students and other unpaid learners , which will give them protection under the OHSA such as the right to know about workplace hazards and the right to refuse unsafe work
  • Eliminating the $10,000 cap on the recovery of unpaid wages through Ministry of Labour orders to pay and increasing the period of recovery to two years
  • Expanding employment protections to cover all foreign employees who come to Ontario under an immigration or foreign temporary employee program
  • Holding temporary help agencies and their employer clients accountable for certain employment standards violations, such as failure to pay regular wages, overtime pay, and public holiday entitlements.

Protecting vulnerable workers and making the minimum wage fair is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

“Taking the politics out of setting the minimum wage provides fairness for workers and predictability for businesses. This legislation will also protect the most vulnerable workers and level the playing field for employers who play by the rules. These are the right steps to take; they will make Ontario a better place to work and run a business.” Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour