THE IMPACT OF BILL 148: Regardless of the size, sector or location of your business in Ontario, you are most likely discussing the impact of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 otherwise known as “Bill 148”. Without a doubt, there is a lot of information to process regarding this legislation which requires attention and review of any number of your company policies.
|The Norfolk Fruit Growers' Association (www.nfga.ca), who kindly Hosted this special event, provides top-quality Ontario apples. They grow, store, pack and market apples for grower members and others from their facility in Norfolk County, Ontario. Their member-growers represent 1100 acres of orchard and account for almost 12% of all the apples produced by Ontario's 225 commercial growers.|
Members attending this month’s Senior Manager’s session joined us from a very broad region across Southwestern Ontario. After a warm welcome by our Host and roundtable introductions, we began our discussion relating to the topic at hand: The Impact of Bill 148.
We reviewed the Ministry of Labour announcement regarding the increased wages and other provisions surrounding the new legislation including items such as:
* Minimum wage increase to $14 on January 1st, 2018 and $15 on January 1st, 2019
* Vacation Pay (after 5 years of employment)
* Overtime Pay
* Public Holidays
* Equal Pay for Equal Work (in effect April 1st, 2018)
* Temporary Help Agencies
* Request for Changes to Schedule or Work Changes
* Scheduled (3-Hour Rule)
* Leaves: Personal Employee Leave, Critical Illness Leave, Sexual Harrassment & Violence Leave, Death of a Child Leave, etc.
(For more detailed information on the various elements of Bill 148 – please refer directly to the Act on the Ontario.ca website.)
In a nutshell, the legislation stretches far beyond a general wage increase and has a bearing on many other aspects of our businesses. Many have already reviewed policies in this regard or are in the process of doing so. Others have also consulted legal advice to ensure that everything is as it should be. Needless to say, this has significantly impacted companies from a financial standpoint far beyond the $2.40 wage increase.
In true best practice spirit, those present shared their strategies on implementation of the legislation and means in which they will explore opportunities to mitigate costs in other areas of our businesses. It was agreed that certainly consistent policies are very important and communication of the same essential.
|After an excellent roundtable discussion, our Host invited us to tour their facility wherein we had the opportunity to learn about the apple industry and appreciate the breadth of markets across the world that Canadian apples from the Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association can be found in!|
- A Plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs, Bill 148
- “Minimum Wage is now $14 an Hour; Increased Paid Vacation and New Personal Emergency Days in Effect”, Ontario Ministry of Labour News (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 2018
- Ministry of Labour – Revised Ontario Employment Standards Poster – (which is required to be posted by employers in a conspicuous place in the workplace)
- “Ontario Workers Receive First Paycheques with New Minimum Wage”, Ontario News (email@example.com – www.ontario.ca/labour), January 12th, 2018
- “Ontario Enhancing Enforcement to Ensure Worker Rights are Protected”, Ontario News (firstname.lastname@example.org – www.ontario.ca/labour), January 15th, 2018
Next Brantford & Area Senior Manager’s Networking Event:
Date: February 15th, 2018
Host: Anvil International Inc.
390 Second Avenue West, Simcoe, ON
RSVP: Bren @ email@example.com
Very special thanks to our Host, The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association, and all of the Manufacturers and Community Partner who joined us for this very special Networking Event!
All the best as always!
Bren de Leeuw
Director - Field Operations Canada
Director - Food, Beverage, Bio and Ag Program Canada
Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium
firstname.lastname@example.org - 519-372-6009