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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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Understanding Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 
On November 27th, 2017, Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 received Royal Assent, making extensive changes to Ontario’s ESA, LRA and Occupational Health and Safety Act. Although much attention is focused on the increase to the provincial minimum wage, it is important to note that Bill 148 introduced many additional amendments. ORHMA aims to ensure that our members are aware of Bill 148 and the impacts this legislation has to our hospitality industry.  The document "Understanding Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017" , which ORHMA has prepared for members, provides an overview of the labour laws coming into force on January 1, 2018. 

As part of ORHMA’s commitment to provide compliance support to members, there are several documents published by the Ministry of Labour to offer support on the Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) provisions, including this published guideline: PEL chapter in Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act, 2000.  In addition, the Ministry of Labour has published a comprehensive PEL FAQ document to assist you in understanding new PEL provisions and provide answers to common questions.   Information Session: On January 29, 2018 at 10 a.m., the Ministry of Labour will be hosting a “Facebook Live” information session, focusing on Ontario’s new rules for personal emergency leave. The presentation will be given by Alison Griggs, a provincial specialist in the Employment Practices Branch at the Ministry of Labour.  Click here to register. 


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. 

How industry players helped shape Ontario’s loyalty-points law
The Globe & Mail 

Ontario is protecting consumers from losing reward point based only on the amount of time passed since they were earned. See news release here.Beginning on January 1, 2018, consumers will be protected against losing reward points that they have been saving up for larger purchases, and the change will be retroactive to October 1, 2016. Consumers who believe their points improperly expired will be able to request that businesses reimburse them, or may file a complaint with Consumer Protection Ontario.  A number of industry representatives also stressed to the government that loyalty points should still be allowed to expire if a member's involvement with the program – in the form of activities such as earning or redeeming points, for example – lapses. This provision was already included in the government's proposed wording for the law, and was included in the final regulations: The law as proposed was to ban expiry due to "time alone." "The purpose of loyalty programs is to encourage frequent spending with a particular business and it is essential for a business to state that reward points will expire if spending does not materialize," the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association said in their submission. The Canadian Bankers Association made a similar request in its submission.Read more.  

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