What is Bill 27?
Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021 received Royal Assent on December 3rd, 2021. Bill 27 creating new obligations that employers in Ontario must follow.
It brings many changes to the ESA (Employment Standards Act) which can be daunting. As an employer, you’ll have to update your contracts, workplace policies, and the rules around employee protection.
While this is a big job, you don’t have to do it alone. Our experts are here to help.
How does this impact Ontario employers?
Bill 27 amends the ESA in a few ways. This means almost every employer in the province must implement new policies to meet the proposed changes. These include:
- Disconnecting from work policy.
- Removing non-compete agreements.
- Allowing delivery drivers to use company bathrooms.
But the changes extend past just workplace policies. Bill 27 also includes provisions for:
- Licensing recruiting and temporary help agencies.
- Using WSIB surpluses to assist in COVID-19 recovery.
These are just some of the changes Bill 27 brings. If you are not prepared to update your policies and contracts to meet the changes, you would be non-compliant with provincial standards.
The fines for non-compliance are costly and could damage the success of any small business.
Get advice on Bill 27 today
Meeting standards and updating how your business functions is a big job. If you need any help with how Bill 27 impacts your organization, call Employer Line at 1-833-247-3650 to speak with our HR experts.
We’re available to help business owners and support you with this transition with Ontario’s changing workplace laws