As our readers will recall, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 now requires employers with 25 or more employees (calculated as of January 1, 2022) to put in place a written policy with respect to their electronic monitoring practices of employees. As a reminder, employers must have the policy in place by October 11, 2022.
The government has published a guide to assist employers with this new requirement.
Find out more regarding your implementation obligations.
WHAT’S NEW IN LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
Health and Safety
In Sudbury Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Local 598, Unifor v Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Glencore), the grievor, a miner, was terminated for failing to have used the appropriate fall arrest protection while working over an open hole. The grievor asked a colleague to block the video recording of his actions.
The arbitrator found that the grievor was negligent and acted contrary to the employer’s safety protocol and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In upholding the termination, the arbitrator held that the premeditated aspect of the grievor’s actions were an aggravating factor in the circumstances. Find out more.
Hospitality and Retail
Last January, the general minimum wage for Ontario increased from $14.35 per hour to $15 per hour. Effective October 1, 2022, the general minimum wage increased to $15.50 per hour. This is equivalent to an 8% increase over one year.
This new wage will apply to most employees, except for certain students under 18 years old, hunting, fishing and wilderness guides, and homeworkers. Find out more.
2022 Partners In Prevention (PIP) Regional Conference Series Finding Balance
PIP Southwestern Conference
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
PIP Forum North Conference
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Wednesday, November 2, 2022