What is Bill 88, the Working For Workers Act, 2022
On April 11, 2022, Bill 88, Working for Workers Act, 2022, received royal assent in Ontario. It makes several changes to the Employment Standards Act and adds new provisions that will impact employers. These include:
- Electronic monitoring of employees.
- Reservist leave.
- On-site naloxone kits.
- Enaction of the Digital Platform Workers’ Rights Act, 2022 (DPWRA).
It also changes the Occupational Health & Safety Act by:
- Increasing fines for non-compliance
- Extending the limitation period for prosecutions
While some of these changes only affect businesses with 25+ employees, others impact every employer. For help keeping your business compliant and avoiding fines, call our friendly experts today.
How does this impact your Ontario business?
If you employ 25 or more people you must have a policy for electronic monitoring of employees. This policy will have to include how you collect data and what you do with it.
Further, the Occupational Health & Safety Act has been amended. Employers must now provide and maintain naloxone kits in their workplaces if they become aware of the risk of any workers having an opioid overdose.
The fines for contravention by a person under OHSA have also increased to $500,000 (from $100,000). Directors who violate OHSA or fail to comply with their duty to take reasonable care, orders, and any requirements of inspectors would be guilty of an offense. On conviction, they would be liable to a maximum fine of $1,500,000 or imprisonment.
How do I keep my business compliant with Bill 88??
Firstly, you’ll have to update your policies to include new provisions. The next thing is to have a professional review your contracts and handbooks to ensure you meet new standards.
While this sounds simple, it is a time-consuming job. And it must be done right. If you have any questions or need help, speak to an Employer Line expert today.
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