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King St. Pilot Project should be short- turned: Biz 
Toronto Sun 
A Survey of King Street Businesses by a hospitality association finds almost all report sales are down 
Toronto Star 

How Industry Changes Are Affecting Labour Supply 

Foodservice & Hospitality 

Hotel Association Compains of "Unregulated" Airbnb on their business 
Global News 

Bad Weather Puts A Damper On Patio Season 

CBC News 

Have Employers' Minimum Wage Concerns Fallen on Deaf Ears? 
Human Resources Director 

New Labour Report Proposes Big Changes for Ontario's Part-Time Workers 
Humber News

Minimum Wage Impact 
TV Cogeco  

Digital technology has given rise to new business models like Uber and Airbnb
Canada's Occupational Health & Safety Magazine

'Eventually, many will run out': How an LCBO strike could impact restaurants and bars
CBC News 

Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn Charters Landmark Labour Reforms 
Inside Halton 

Cheers, criticism greet Ontario plan to raise minimum wage to $15 
Globe & Mail 

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Hospitality & Tourism Industry Have Launched A Sexual Violence and Harassment Intervention Training Program 
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Restaurants Canada Show 2018 — Complimentary Passes for ORHMA Members
ORHMA Members can now take advantage of complimentary passes to the upcoming 2018 Restaurants Canada Show. The Restaurants Canada Show will take place Sunday Feb. 25 to Tuesday Feb. 27, 2018 at the EnerCare Centre in Toronto.  More information on the show is available at www.rcshow.com. To register and receive your complimentary tickets go to www.rcshow.com and click on ‘Purchase Tickets’.  Register your information and select ‘not a member’ and use the promo code 18ORHMA at checkout.  If multiple passes are needed, register the first person and then go to ‘check out and add another registrant’.  Please ensure to save and/or print a copy of the email confirmation details (with the barcode) to bring to the show to ensure your badges can be printed at the self-serve kiosks located by the entrance doors of the show.    

ORHMA Shares Recommendations for Ontario’s  Budget 
The Minister of Finance has wrapped up his pre budget consultations. The legislature is scheduled to resume February 20, 2018. ORHMA anticipates an early budget to be released and has submitted recommendations to the Minister and his government for their consideration. Following the announcement of Bill 148 and the rapid minimum wage increases, the provincial government had promised “offsets” to assist the hospitality industry with raising costs however Ontario’s “Fiscal Economic Statement” is not adding up to provide relief to our industry. Instead, it is setback for all hospitality businesses in Ontario. 
Layering labour reforms and wage increases on top of the growing government policies severely impact the hospitality sector, including rising hydro costs, CPP Enhancements, cap and trade, rising municipal property taxes and the long list of economic challenges faced by the hospitality industry. We ask the Provincial Government, once again, to study the impact these policies have done to businesses while considering the timing of any new policies. When the payroll of a business increases, so too do other costs, such as the EHT, WSIB, Employment Insurance, leaving our members undermined by such ill thought policy decisions. ORHMA’s budget recommendations include:  
• A delay to the next minimum wage increase schedule for January 1, 2019. The recent minimum wage increase has resulted in unprecedented part time job losses. 
• Freeze the liquor server wage.
• Freeze the student wage.
• Reduce LCBO mark up fee charged for licensee alcohol purchases.
• Increase the EHT threshold to $1.5 million to support small business growth and sustainment. 
• Develop energy reduction policies conducive to mid-size and small business.



Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Fire Code Regarding Long-Life Smoke Alarms
The requirements for Long-Life smoke alarms apply to residential occupancies including Hotels where smoke alarms are required and the Fire Code permits the use of battery only operated smoke alarms. (see Proposed Regulation Details). As proposed the requirements would apply effective January 1, 2019.  However existing replaceable battery only operated smoke alarms may remain in use until the smoke alarms are required to be replaced within the time frame indicated in the manufactures instructions. As proposed, the Long-life smoke alarm requirements would not apply to hardwired (with or without battery backup) smoke alarms or to smoke detectors connected to fire alarm systems. To read more on the background of the requirement, click here. 

Understanding Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 

On November 27, 2017, Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 received Royal Assent and introduced a number of amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) which have come into force on January 1, 2018.  ORHMA is aware of the impact that Bill 148 is having on businesses, especially those operating on razor thin margins and remains committed to assisting operators with any questions or concerns that arise during this time. ORHMA is working diligently with the Ministry of Labour to ensure answers to your questions are received in a timely manner and will be conducting information sessions in multiple regions across Ontario with representation from the Ministry of Labour for member support.  

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Enhancing Support for Youth Employment in Small Businesses
Ontario will provide $124 million over three years in support for youth ages 15 to 29 years, working with Employment Service and Youth Job Connection to support employer hiring and retention beginning January 1, 2018. Through Ontario’s Employment Service program, a small employer with fewer than 100 employees would receive a:
  • $1,000 incentive for hiring a young worker and $1,000 for retaining that worker for six months.
  • Additionally, if workers are hired through Youth Job Connection, a separate program that recruits youth facing employment barriers, employers would receive retention payments of $1,000 after three months, with a further $1,000 payable after six months for each worker.
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has indicated that employers should contact Employment Ontario for support with these programs. 

New Chronic Mental Stress Policy Now Available
WSIB

Mental health of Ontarians in the workplace is just as important as our physical health and safety. After extensive consultations, WSIB created a new Chronic Mental Stress policy and updated our Traumatic Stress policy.   Starting January 1, 2018, people may be eligible for WSIB benefits if they have chronic mental stress caused by their workplace. To be eligible for WSIB benefits, the chronic mental stress must be predominantly caused by a substantial stressor in the workplace. If a claim is allowed, WSIB will help with recovery and return to work. WSIB benefits can include psychological assessment, treatment, prescription medications, and wage replacement. Read more on the chronic mental stress webpage, and find links to resources to help prevent work-related chronic mental stress.  
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