Littler Global Guide – Canada – Q1 2019

Bill 47 Reverses Many Amendments to Ontario’s ESA Made by Bill 148

New Legislation Enacted

Among other things, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) significantly amended Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). Most of Bill 148’s ESA amendments came into force in 2018, with the remainder to take effect on January 1, 2019. In November 2018, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act (Bill 47) received Royal Assent and substantially reversed amendments to the ESA made by Bill 148. With one minor exception, Bill 47’s changes to the ESA came into force on January 1, 2019.

Canada Launches Employment Insurance Parental Sharing Benefit for Eligible Two-Parent Families

New Legislation Enacted

On March 17, 2019, the federal government launched a new parental sharing benefit. Two-parent families are eligible for the benefit, including adoptive and same-sex parents of children born or placed for adoption on or after March 17, 2019. If the parents agree

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