Employer News

Ontario Implements Paid Sick Leave for Reasons Related to COVID-19

Bill 284, which received Royal Assent on April 29, 2021 and is now in force, implements Ontario’s Worker Income Protection Benefit, amending the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19. more >

Infectious Disease Emergency Leave​ Extended to July 3, 2021

Effective December 17, 2020, the temporary relief measures of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) implemented by O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (the “Regulation”) have been extended to July 3, 2021. The extension of the “COVID-19 Period” in the Regulation ensures the measures implemented on May 29, 2020 remain in effect until at least July 3, 2021. These measures had previously been set to expire on January 2, 2021. The remaining aspects of the Regulations are unchanged and have been summarized in a previous post.

Accessibility Compliance Report Deadline Extended from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021

AODA requires that public sector organizations and businesses and non-profit organizations with 20 or more employees complete an accessibility compliance report each year. The deadline to submit this compliance report is typically December 31 of each year. However, in acknowledgement of the challenges faced by affected employers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to file the accessibility compliance report has now been extended to June 30, 2021. more >