Category Archives: Hiring and Recruiting

Tips, suggestions and best practice ideas on the requirements for hiring staff at all levels.

Have You Heard of the Special Rule Tool?

There are some workers in Ontario whose jobs are subject to “Special Rules” under the Employment Standards Act (ESA). These jobs, due to the nature of the work performed, usually do not conform easily to the minimum standards provided in the ESA, so these rules were developed to ensure fairness and protection for both employer and worker, to the greatest extent possible. Some examples of these “Special Rules” are the lower minimum wage paid to wait staff who serve alcohol, exceptions to the limits on hours of work and rest periods for most farm and agricultural workers, and no “notice Continue Reading »

Construction Collective Agreements Threatened Under Bill 66

It seems that the Ontario Conservative Government is not yet finished tinkering with our Employment Standards Legislation and the Labour Relations Act. They have introduced “Bill 66 – Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act” which amends or repeals a number of pieces of legislation. Significant changes will be made to the Labour Relations Act which will affect the relationship between unions, and municipalities and certain local boards, school boards, hospitals,colleges, universities and public bodies. The Bill will deem these entities as “non-construction employers” which means they can now use either union or non-union construction companies, effectively cancelling any existing bargaining agreements that Continue Reading »

Not All of Bill 148 Was Cancelled

Employers should be aware that although a number of the “Bill 148” provisions were cancelled under “Bill 47”, some are still in effect that might pose a problem for your business. Three Hour Rule – (Starting Jan 1, 2019), if an employee who normally works more than 3 hours is sent home before working 3 hours, they are entitled to be paid at their normal rate (previous ESA standard was only minimum wage) Overtime rule – (already in place) if an employee has more than one rate of pay (i.e. travel rate and job site rate) you must still track Continue Reading »

Non-Medical Accommodations in the Workplace

Non-Medical Accommodations in the workplace are complex, and it is very important that you understand and respect your employee’s rights. Every situation is unique, and employers are entitled to “proof that is reasonable in the circumstances” to grant these accommodations.  Employers must work with the affected employee(s) to ensure that their right to accommodation is preserved, but also ensuring that the operational needs of the employer are met. This can be a delicate balancing act. Religious accommodation includes allowing time to pray during the workday, giving alternate days off for observation of religious holidays, and working with employees in “safety-sensitive” Continue Reading »

Changes Coming to Trade and Apprenticeship Act (Finally!)

Premier Ford’s new “Open for Business Act” is making changes to the labour laws in Ontario, and finally those changes are going to be welcome news for our tradespeople. Under Schedule 3 of “Bill 47”  (you will need to scroll to the bottom of the document) the Premier is proposing to change the ratio of Apprentices to Journey persons to one-to-one  wherever possible. The new law will allow some trades to retain a higher ratio if needed for safety or other sound reasons. In addition, changes will be made to the authority and structure of the Ontario College of Trades, Continue Reading »