December 10th, 2004:
NEW EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS LAW MEANS INCREASED
PROTECTION FOR WORKERS
Government giving greater choice and improving quality of life
TORONTO--The government is ending the 60 hour work week, giving employees
genuine choice about working excess hours and preserving flexibility for
businesses, Labour Minister Chris Bentley announced today.
“We are protecting vulnerable workers by strengthening their right to decide
whether or not to work excess hours,” said Bentley. “At the same time, we are
ensuring Ontario businesses have the ability to adapt quickly to compete in
Workplaces must be in compliance with the new law, passed by the legislature
December 9, 2004 when it comes into force on March 1, 2005. Until then, the
current law applies.
The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Hours of Work and Other Matters),
2004, will require employers who want employees to work more than 48 hours in a
- Give non-unionized employees an information sheet, published by the
Ministry of Labour on rights and responsibilities regarding hours of work
and overtime pay
- Obtain written agreement from the employee, or from the union if the
workplace is unionized
- Receive approval from the Ministry of Labour. If the ministry has not
made a decision on an application within 30 days, a limited number of excess
weekly hours can be worked, provided certain conditions are met.
“By giving our people greater choice, we are improving their quality of
life,” Bentley said. “This is part of our plan to strengthen our greatest
competitive advantage--the people of Ontario.”
Ministry of Labour
Written By: Ministry of Labour
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