Category Archives: Employers

PRESS RELEASE: January 1, 2018 Bill 148 came into effect and all employers must comply – Workshops are available to assist

Press Release
London, Ontario January 1, 2018

All enterprises with employees should be aware that effective January 1, 2018 Bill 148 came into effect.  This bill is a substantial piece of legislation with many changes to the Employment Standards Act, The Labour Relations Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2017.  The most notable change is the increase in minimum wage effective January 1, 2018 and another significant increase effective January 1, 2019.  Bill 148 will require employers to make significant changes to their policies and practices.  Employers will require assistance implementing Bill 148 due to a varied scheduled of implementation.

Personal Emergency Leave will become available to all employees, not just employees of employers who regularly employ 50 or more employees.  In addition, two days of Personal Emergency Leave will be paid, provided that the employee has been employed by the employer for more than one week.  The paid days will have to be taken before any unpaid days of Personal Emergency Leave in a calendar year.  Employers retain the right to require evidence of entitlement to these days but they will not be permitted to require a certificate from a qualified health practitioner.

Local Human Resources Professionals Katherine Englander and Jennifer Mercer along with lawyers Lance Caesar and James Morgan are offering workshops.

Registration is mandatory as breakfast will be served and handouts will be given.  Registration is limited.

Middlesex County Date and Location:
January 31, 2018
Community Employment Choices, 16B Second Street, Strathroy,
8:00 am – 10:00 am

Participants will be given a step by step implementation guide.  Those interested can register on Eventbrite under Bill 148 by location or for further information contact Katherine at 519-494-2936 or by email at

Registration is $75.00 per registrant on Eventbrite or $70.00 by etransfer to

EmployerOne Survey Gives Employers a Voice

Be part of the solution to create a labour market that works!

A consortium of workforce, economic and business groups came together in order to develop a collaborative, efficient way to obtain reliable local labour market information from employers.  The EmployerOne Survey is designed to get this information while respecting the employer’s confidentiality and limited time.  The EmployerOne survey allows employers, once a year, a chance to communicate their combined workforce needs to stakeholders, colleges, universities, school boards, employment service providers and government, who can provide solutions.

The EmployerOne Survey is open January 2 to 31, 2018.

“The EmployerOne Survey results will help drive programming in our schools.   Trends resulting from the survey will guide our staff to provide relevant programming to meet current and future needs of our students and the workforce they will enter,” Laura Elliott, Director of Education of the Thames Valley District School Board.

Here is the link to the Middlesex County survey:


The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (the Job Grant) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.  The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees.  It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.  For further information on this new Grant, please contact Stephanie Shrum, Business Advisor with Community Employment Choices at 519-245-4500 ext. 205 or email: