On November 21, 2018, Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, as amended by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, received Royal Assent. In terms of “coming into force”
- The amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 are effective on November 21, 2018; and
- The amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 are effective on January 1, 2019.
The amendments that received Royal Assent are substantially those that were summarized in the Special Alert sent out on October 24, 2018. The notable exception is the removal of the Ontario Labour Relations Board’s (“OLRB”) power to review bargaining structures. In the First Reading version, Bill 47 repealed the power of the OLRB to review and consolidate newly certified bargaining units with existing bargaining units. The OLRB would have been empowered to review the structure of bargaining units where the existing bargaining units were no longer appropriate for collective bargaining. In the Royal Assent version the legislation simply removed this power from the OLRB.
I sent out an updated Special Alert this morning.