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Bill 148 – Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.

Ontario’s economy is changing. Workplaces are less secure, with part-time and contract jobs on the rise. The government passed sweeping changes to our employment laws to address this trend and provide workers with more rights. Bill 148 legislation becomes effective on January 1, 2018. What changes for you as a worker in this new Ontario economy?

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Work Life Balance | Woman working at her kitchen table

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Changing Employment Terms | Red Coffee cup in the grass

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A Coburg based Tim Horton’s franchise made the news yesterday. Following the increase in minimum wage mandated by Bill 148, the franchise owners informed their employees of changing employment terms. To compensate for the extra wage costs, employees would no longer receive paid breaks, benefits and other incentives. Can your employer do that?

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