Ontario adopts new work-life balance for employees – .

Ontario adopts new work-life balance for employees – .

The Ontario government has passed new laws it says will help employees disconnect from the office and create a better work-life balance.

On Tuesday, the government said it passed the “Work for Workers Act,” which requires Ontario businesses of 25 or more people to have a written policy on employee rights when it comes to signing out of their workplace. work at the end of the day.

These workplace policies could include, for example, expectations for email response times and encouraging employees to turn on out-of-office notifications when not working, according to the government.

By law, between January 1 and March 1 of each year, an employer must ensure they have a written policy in place for all employees regarding work disconnection.

“We are determined to rebalance the balance and put workers in the driver’s seat of Ontario’s economic growth while attracting the best workers to our beautiful province,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labor, Training and Education on Tuesday. Skill developpement.

The law also prohibits the use of non-compete clauses, which prevent people from exploring other work opportunities and higher wages in other jobs.

According to the government, Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada, and one of the first in North America, to ban non-competition employment agreements.

McNaughton says the new laws not only protect workers’ rights, but will also help attract top talent and investment to the province.

The law also removes “unfair” work experience requirements for internationally educated immigrants attempting to work in their profession.

It also introduces a mandatory licensing framework for temporary help agencies and recruiters to help prevent labor trafficking.

“This legislation is another step towards rebuilding a better province and strengthening Ontario’s position as a world leader, for others to follow, as the best place in the world to live,” work and raise a family, ”McNaughton said.

A government spokesperson told CTV News Toronto that while the law has yet to receive Royal Assent, it is expected to do so later this week.

The time frames for each law under the Labor Act to come into force for workers have yet to be announced and the government has said there will be an initial grace period for companies.


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