Ontario to launch public consultations on labour laws

Province aims to address changing workplace
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/17/2015

This spring, Ontario will launch public consultations on the changing nature of the modern workplace.

The consultations will focus how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended to best protect workers, while supporting businesses in a changing economy, said the government.

Workplace trends that will be examined include:

•The increase in non-standard working relationships such as temporary jobs, part-time work and self-employment.

•The rising prominence of the service sector.

•Globalization and trade liberalization.

•Accelerating technological change.

•Greater workplace diversity.

Two special advisors will lead the consultations: Michael Mitchell, formerly of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, and John Murray, a former justice of the Ontario Superior Court and management labour lawyer. Following the conclusions of the consultations, the advisors will provide the government with a written report and recommendations.

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