Entries in regulatory update (3)

Friday
Aug072015

OCC Regulatory Update August 2015

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce's (OCC) Regulatory Update summarizes what employers need to know about the latest changes to the regulatory environment for businesses.

We provide regulatory updates to the Chamber Network at three key times during the year to coincide with the government’s regulatory schedule. You will receive our next updates in December 2015 and June 2016.

As you know, 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.

Ministry of Labour Considering Major Changes to Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act
Ongoing

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

Among the issues being discussed at these public consulations are proposals that would make it easier to join a union and major changes to employment standards, including stricter rules for employers as it pertains to scheduling and sick leaves.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is currently drafting a formal submission to the Ministry of Labour in response to its consultation paper.

To provide your feedback to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, please contact Liam McGuinty, Manager of Policy & Government Relations.

Learn More

Ministry of Labour Set to Launch Compliance Blitz Targeting Sectors Known to Use Internships
In effect September 1, 2015

From September 1 to December 31, 2015, the Ministry of Labour is conducting a blitz focusing on sectors known to employ young workers in internship programs. There are indications that the government may focus on sectors including Information Technology and others known to have internship programs.

Ministry of Labour blitzes are not uncommon. As part of the blitzes, employment standards officers visit employers to verify compliance with core Employment Standards Act, 2000regulations, such as the Employment Standards Poster requirements, wage statements, unauthorized deductions, record keeping, hours of work, eating periods, overtime pay, minimum wage, public holidays and vacation with pay. The blitzes tend to focus particularly on sectors where there is a history of employment standards violations, where vulnerable workers are employed and where an increasing number of Ontarians are working.

For a full schedule of Ministry of Labour blitzes, visit: http://bit.ly/1IMog0W

Employers Creating Employment Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities Now Eligible for Government Grants
Ongoing

This June, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce launched the Abilities Connect Fund. This grant program assists employers in creating employment opportunities for postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities. It also assists with integrating people with disabilities into the workplace and increase retention and their career trajectory.

Employers can receive a maximum of $20,000 to assist in the hiring and training of up to four employees. They can also receive up to $3,000 to purchase workplace assistive devices to support any employees with disabilities.

To apply to the Abilities Connect Fund, visit http://bit.ly/1KOjq4v or contact project lead Lesley Cole.

Minimum Wage Set to Increase to $11.25
In effect October 1, 2015

Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11.00 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. Minimum wage rates for jobs in special categories are also increasing:

  • The student minimum wage is rising from $10.30 to $10.55 per hour
  • The liquor servers minimum wage is rising from $9.55 to $9.80 per hour
  • The homeworkers minimum wage is rising from $12.10 to $12.40 per hour

For a full list of the scheduled changes to the minimum wage, visit: http://bit.ly/1fRjezq

Employers Now Have Direct Access to Economic Immigrants Arriving Through the Express Entry Immigration System
In effect

Employers now have direct access to foreign talent through Job Match, a revamped version of Job Bank, the federal government's job database.

Job Match will now allow eligible employers in Canada and skilled foreign nationals to connect with one another more easily, making integration faster once immigrants arrive in Canada.

To access skilled foreign nationals through Job Match, visit: http://bit.ly/1EpsQxM

The OCC's Regulatory Update summarizes what employers need to know about the latest changes to the regulatory environment for businesses.

* Please note that this email includes hyperlinks to third party websites. Although the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade make reasonable efforts to obtain reliable content from third parties, the OCC and its member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade do not guarantee the accuracy of any third party content. The OCC and its member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade do not necessarily endorse the legislative or regulatory changes listed in this email.

Wednesday
May202015

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
Ongoing

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

**Please note that this email includes hyperlinks to third party websites. Although the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade make reasonable efforts to obtain reliable content from third parties, the OCC and its member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade do not guarantee the accuracy of any third party content. The OCC and its member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade do not necessarily endorse the legislative or regulatory changes listed in this email.

 

Wednesday
Feb112015

OCC: Regulatory updates - Winter 2015

As you know, easing the regulatory burden for Ontario businesses is one of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce's top priorities. 

The Chamber Network is committed to continuing to advocate for a business climate that fosters investment and growth.

As an employer, there are a number of regulatory updates that you need to know about:

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact Sandra Dueck at 705.748.9771 x215 or sandra@peterboroughchamber.ca

You can also comment through the "Peterborough Chamber" group of LinkedIn. 

* Please note that this blog includes hyperlinks to third party websites. Although the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade make reasonable efforts to obtain reliable content from third parties, the OCC and its member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade do not guarantee the accuracy of any third party content. The OCC and its member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade do not necessarily endorse the legislative or regulatory changes listed. Original OCC email.