Employers will need legal counsel on sweeping changes to law

Toronto personal injury and employment law lawyer Kevin Marshall tells AdvocateDaily.com that both employers and employees should brush up on changes coming in January 2018 under the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

The change getting the most buzz is the hike to the minimum wage to $14 an hour from $11.40, he says.  "It will definitely cause some ripples in the economy," says Marshall.  It's the part of Bill 148 that could have the most far-reaching implications, with many economists projecting job losses from the tens of thousands to 10 times that.

Marshall says layoffs or terminations from the 23 per cent hike in the minimum wage may prompt employees to seek legal advice and bring claims, either for wrongful dismissal or to negotiate a fair settlement.

"I expect there will be many employers that have to lay off or fire people and they're going to need some legal services to respond to situations where employees are seeking a better severance package than what's being offered," says Marshall.  

Several changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 will have an impact on employers, specifically new laws around personal emergency leave, he says.  Read more here.



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