Legislative Updates – April 2019
On April 3, 2019, Bill 66 – the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 made amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). The following amendments are in effect as of April 3, 2019.
Employment Standards Poster
Under Bill 66, employers are no longer required to post the ESA poster in their workplaces. Employers still must provide a copy to new employees within the first 30 days of hire.
Excess Hours of Work and Overtime Averaging
Bill 66 removes the requirement for employers to seek the Director of Employment Standards’ approval for excess hours of work agreements. Employers will now be able to require or permit an employee to work in excess of both daily and weekly maximum hours with only employee agreement.
Overtime averaging agreements also no longer require approval from the Director of Employment Standards. However, the employer must still obtain agreement from the employee. The working period of time over which an employee’s hours of work can be averaged is at a maximum of four weeks. The maximum duration of the averaging agreement is to be no longer than two years post-start date of employees in a non-unionized environment.
Require more information, or have questions on the new legislation? Contact a member of the DJB HR Advisory Services today.