MEMBER UPDATE: March 20, 10:00AM

New Legislation Enacted to Protect Workers

Yesterday, the Government of Ontario unanimously passed legislation aiming to protect workers under the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 and municipalities under the Municipal Emergency Act, 2020.

The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 provides job-protected leave for employees:

  • in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19 (coronavirus);
  • caring for children from school or day care closures; and
  • who must care for other relatives.

Support is retroactive to January 25, 2020. The legislation will also make it clear employees cannot be required to show sick notes.

The Municipal Emergency Act, 2020 ensures, for the near future, deliveries to Ontario's businesses and consumers aren’t impacted by municipal noise by-laws. The Act also allows municipalities to fully conduct Council, local board and committee meetings electronically when faced with local and province-wide emergencies, empowering municipalities to respond quickly when in-person meetings cannot be held.

Over the next few days, ONPHA will conduct in-depth policy analysis to determine how exactly each piece of legislation will impact members.

Got a question about either piece of legislation? Contact to see how the Acts impact you and your corporation.