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Nov 22, 2017: Today, Ontario passed landmark legislation that will bring more fairness to Ontario workplaces and create more security and opportunity for vulnerable workers and their families. The Act will raise the minimum wage, ensure more fairness for part-time and contract workers, expand personal emergency leave and step up enforcement of employment laws.

The Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) makes a number of changes to both the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995. The Ministry of Labour has issued a news release announcing the passage of Bill 148 and launched a dedicated web page to help employees and employers understand how their employment rights and obligations will change as the various aspects of this new legislation come into force.   Read the news release here.