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Ontario’s Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 is moving through the legislative process and is currently being debated in the legislature under the 2nd reading of the bill. Once 2nd reading is approved by the legislature the bill will be referred to the standing committee on Economic Affairs for input then return to the legislature for 3rd reading and final approval. The expectation is still that many of the changes to the Employment Standards Act are set to take place n a rolling basis starting on January 1, 2018.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is pledging to minimize the impact on small business of the looming increase to the minimum wage. “We’re going to work with small businesses and in the fall, we’ll bring forward some initiatives that will help business to get through this transition,” Wynne told Newstalk 1010. “There are some other things that we can do to support small businesses through the transition,” the premier said without offering specifics.

The GTHA will update its members when more information becomes available. Click on the article link for an overview of key changes in the legislation.