Ontario Business Lobby Calls Additional Domestic Abuse Leave, Other Rules “Harmful to Business”, Begs Ford to Repeal It
Two of Ontario’s corporate business lobby groups are calling on Ford to repeal A Plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs (Bill 148).
Included in the bill is a provision that allows workers or their children who experience domestic or sexual violence, or the threat of domestic or sexual violence, to take additional time off.
The previous rules only allowed workers to take five paid days. As part of Bill 148, employees or their children facing or experiencing violence can take an additional five days of paid leave on top of the previous five, and up to 15 weeks of unpaid leave.
The Retail Council of Canada is calling on Ford to cancel these changes and roll-back Bill 148. In a CBC article, they said the protections “were ill-considered, harmful to business”.
The bill also includes:
- 10 personal emergency leave days per year, including two paid days if the employee has been employed for one week or longer (7 days)
- three weeks of paid vacation after five years with the same employer
- preventing employers from requiring workers to wear high-heels
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce complained the government “jammed a bunch of things into a bill that are causing significant problems”.
Meanwhile, Ontario businesses are raking in the profits, with corporate profits currently at record highs.
This announcement follows a number of pro-business, anti-worker policies enacted by Ford, including cancelling the $15 minimum wage and cutting worker compensation for disabled workers.
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