Yesterday was a busy day for the Construction Industry in the Province of Ontario. Here is a news release from our Partners at COCA regarding the repeal of Bill 148.
Earlier today, the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Jim Wilson, the Minister of Labour, Laurie Scott and the Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, Merrilee Fullerton, jointly announced our new government’s intention to introduce legislation to repeal amendments made by the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act 2017 (Bill 148) that place an unnecessary burden on employers. The legislation, if passed, will amend the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA). It will be called the Ontario Open for Business Act and be introduced in the Ontario Legislature this afternoon.
COCA applauds the government’s actions to repeal amendments to the ESA that were made by the former government and which were unnecessarily burdensome and impractical for the construction industry. These specific amendments were made without consideration for the unique nature of employment in the construction industry. COCA sought relief from the scheduling requirements and the personal emergency leave obligations contained in Bill 148 from the former government and in the early days of our new government.
“COCA met recently with Minister Scott and with senior officials in Minister Wilson’s Office to press for relief from a number of specific provisions contained in the Bill 148 amendments to the Employment Standards Act that are onerous and unworkable for the construction industry,” stated COCA Chair, Steve Dietrich. “Our new government listened to our reasoned requests and they took the appropriate actions”, Dietrich added.
The Ontario Open for Business Act will repeal the following scheduling provisions that will come into force on January 1, 2019:
The Ontario Open for Business Act will amends the
Personal Emergency Leave provisions as follows:
The Council of Ontario Construction Associations is a federation of 30 construction associations representing 10,000 general and trade contractors of all sizes, both unionized and non-union, that work in the industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector in all regions of the Province. COCA is the largest and most representative voice for the non-residential construction sector in Ontario.
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