Bill 148 consultations have received
considerable media attention for its proposal to increase minimum wage to $14
dollars and then $15 by January 2019. This change reflects an approach that
requires business to increase pay, and benefits to many employees with no
ability to cover costs.
The construction industry is fortunate in
that most of the proposals will not directly impact us, but they do target the
service sector and their ability to expand and grow. The Ontario Chamber of
Commerce will be conducting an impact study in which we will participate.
Our submission has focused on the
legislation upsetting the balance between employer and worker responsibilities,
and changes to the construction sector in contravention of established practices.
Employment Standard concerns raised include
those relating to scheduling, and holiday and personal leaves.
Click here to read the submission. (This submission is located in the OGCA members only section.)