Members Input Crucial on Ontario's New Workplace Legislation Designed for 21st Century Economy: HRPA

TORONTO, May 30, 2017 /CNW/ - The Human Resources Professionals Association ("HRPA") is calling on members to provide feedback and input on the Ontario government's introduction of various labour reforms to ensure Ontario's economy remains competitive in the 21st century.

The HRPA and its over 23,000 members recognize that Ontario's economy is dramatically different than it was even a few short years ago, and that we are currently at a turning point in workplace management.

Our association applauded the government's announcement of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to modernize Ontario's labour laws. Workplaces are now more mobile, more global than ever before, and they must compete with other jurisdictions for talent to ensure Ontario stays competitive.

"The HRPA and its membership has been actively engaged throughout this comprehensive review and submitted its policy recommendations to the government last year. On behalf of our membership, we are pleased to see that the government listened and that a number of reforms are included in today's announcement," said Bill Greenhalgh, CEO, HRPA.  "We are encouraged by today's news and believe it will help Ontario remain competitive at attracting and retaining top talent."

Specifically, the HRPA has called for a number of reforms included in today's announcement. These include:

  • Increasing the minimum paid vacation from two weeks to three in line with other jurisdictions; and
  • Requiring that part-time, temporary and casual employees be paid the same as full-time employees in the same establishment unless differences in qualifications, skills, seniority or experience or other objective factors justify the difference.

"Last year the HRPA called on the government to establish a 'new deal' for Ontario employers and workers," concluded Greenhalgh. "Today's announcement outlined a plan to potentially do just that.  We look forward to engaging and hearing feedback from our membership on both the proposed legislation and the upcoming consultation on ESA exemptions to ensure that the province foster an environment that helps businesses compete while creating the working conditions that will continue to attract and retain workers."   

About HRPA
Through an Act of the Ontario Legislature, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) regulates the professional HR practice of its more than 23,000 members in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.  HRPA connects members with an unmatched range of HR information, resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities. On an annual basis, HRPA hosts Canada's largest HR conference and trade show. HRPA issues three levels of professional certification: the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation for practitioners entering the profession and working in administrative capacities; the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), for practitioners working in fully professional capacities; and the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE), for senior executives.

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