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Dramatic Changes to Minimum Wage in Ontario - UPDATE July 14, 2017
MOL Summer Inspection Blitz
Resources to help you create workplace harassment & violence policies & programs
Does your dress code pass the Ontario Human Rights Commission Code of Conduct?
Don't get caught by government inspectors: resources on changes & new legislation
IPM Accreditation Program: updated policies & procedures
IPM Desk Reviews due January 31, 2017
Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment Policy [Bill 132]
WHMIS Update
Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry

Dramatic Changes to Minimum Wage in Ontario

Update July 14, 2017  - Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 has been a hot topic in our industry as well as with small businesses throughout Ontario. 

Key points in the bill that the NGCOA Canada has focused on are:

  • The new amount and extremely quick timeline for the increase in minimum wage
  • The trickle up effect on wages for existing staff
  • The 48 hour shift cancellation’s financial impact to a weather based industry

What is your Association doing?

1. Presenting At Open Hearings

The Ontario Government has been holding open hearings throughout the province in different cities where any person/organization can apply to speak.  Members of NGCOA Canada and our Ontario Chapter Advisory Boards have currently applied to speak at 5 of the 10 hearings.  The NGCOA Canada presented at the Ottawa Public Hearing on July 12 and Chapter Advisory Board Members will also be presenting on July 18 in Kitchener-Waterloo and July 19 in Niagara.

2. Position Statement

The NGCOA Canada is in the process of finalizing a Position Statement on Bill 148 which will accompany a letter sent directly to Premier Wynne.


UPDATE July 11, 2017 - On behalf of our membership, NGCOA Canada has applied to be heard at the Ontario Legislative Committees’ oral presentations on Bill 148 taking place in different locations across the province from July 10 to July 21. NGCOA Canada’s request was granted and we will be presenting in Ottawa on Wednesday July 12. Applications from Chapter Advisory Board members have been sent for Toronto, Kitchener Waterloo, London, Niagara and Windsor dates as well. Please come back for more details as they become available.


Under the banner “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs”, Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced the Ontario government is taking historic action to create more opportunity and security for workers. This includes hiking the minimum wage to $15/hr, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker and stepping up enforcement of employment laws.

Minimum Wage Categories Current to Sept. 30, 2017 Oct. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017 Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018 Jan 1 2019 to Sept. 30, 2019
General Minimum Wage $11.40 / hour $11.60 / hr $14.00 / hr $15.00 / hr
Students under 18 who work not more than 28
hours per week when school is in session; or
work during a school break or summer holidays
$10.70 / hour $10.90 / hr $13.15 / hr $14.10 / hr
Liquor Servers $9.90 / hour $10.10 / hr $12.20 / hr $13.05 / hr

The Ontario government is also moving forward with a landmark package of measures, including:

  • mandating equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full-time employees; and equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as permanent employees at the agencies' client companies;
  • expanding personal emergency leave to include an across-the-board minimum of at least two paid days per year for all workers;
  • bringing Ontario's vacation time into line with the national average by ensuring at least three weeks' vacation after five years with a company; and
  • making employee scheduling fairer, including requiring employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time

The government will also propose measures to expand family leaves and make certain that employees are not misclassified as independent contractors, ensuring they get the benefits they deserve. To enforce these changes, the province will hire up to 175 more employment standards officers and launch a program to educate both employees and small and medium-sized businesses about their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act.

For the official announcement from Ontario government, please click here.

For detailed background information, click here.

What Is Your Association Doing On This Critical Issue?

1. Position Statement: The NGCOA Canada is in the process of creating a Position Statement to support our membership on this important issue.

  • To do this effectively, we are currently reviewing published articles and reports on how this significant change will impact business in the province.
  • Chapter Advisory Board Members are being contacted to gage their initial reactions and their anticipated recourse at their facilities moving forward over the next 18 months.

2. Attending Consultation Sessions: members of the NGCOA Canada Advisory Board attended an Ontario Minister of Finance consultation led by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. This was one government hosted consultation session for industry stakeholders in reviewing the various labour regulation changes prior to this recent announcement.

3. Outreach: members of the NGCOA Canada Advisory Board have personally reached out in the past few days to their local MPPs (Members of Provincial Parliament) to express their concerns of this announcement and how it may impact our industry moving forward.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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MOL Summer Inspection Blitz

The Ministry of Labour will once again be visiting many golf courses in the Eastern Ontario region over the next couple months. In addition to the expected interest for these inspections of general compliance with Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (2000) , with a major focus on Young and Temporary Foreign Worker Safety at your facility; inspectors will focus on employment standards such as:

  • record-keeping
  • hours of work
  • overtime pay
  • vacation with pay
  • minimum wage
  • public holidays.

MORE INFORMATION

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Resources to help you create workplace harassment & violence policies & programs

Everyone should be able to work in a safe and healthy workplace. The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out roles and responsibilities of workplace parties with respect to workplace violence and workplace harassment including developing and implementing policies and programs and providing information and instruction on these. 

The table below provides some key links to online resources to help you create policies and programs that need to be in place at your facility:

Understanding the Law - Workplace Harassment & Violence  INFO
   
Preventing Workplace Violence & Harassment INFO
   
Workplace Harassment: Investigation by the Employer INFO
   
Investigation Template for Incidents or Complaints INFO
   
Sample Workplace Harassment Policy (simply copy and insert your club name) DOWNLOAD
   
Sample Workplace Harassment Program (simply copy and insert your club name) DOWNLOAD
   
Sample Workplace Violence Policy (simply copy and insert your club name) DOWNLOAD
   
Sample Workplace Violence Program (simply copy and insert your club name) DOWNLOAD
   
Toolbox and Electronic Assessment Tool for Workplace Violence Assessment DOWNLOAD

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Does your dress code pass the Ontario Human Rights Commission Code of Conduct?

Recently, some Ontario restaurants have come under fire for their sexist and discriminating dress code requirements specifically for female servers. As you know, employers can have dress codes but only if they do not violate the Ontario Human Rights Code. Employers need to review their dress codes and remove discriminatory requirements otherwise they make themselves vulnerable to human rights complaints. Click on the button below for more information taken directly from the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

MORE INFORMATION

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Don't get caught by government inspectors
Resources on changes & new legislation for 2017 

With the start of a new golf season in the province comes the possibility of surprise inspections from various government agencies. Ensure a well-prepared staff by reviewing the resources below on changes to Accessible Customer Service Standard, key information from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, tools to prepare for Ministry of Labour site inspections and occupational health & safety training.

AODA
Accessible Customer Service Standard changes now in effect.
INFO
   
AGCO
Key information (and printable Tip Sheets) for liquor licensees and their staff from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
INFO
   
AGCO
Guide for Liquor Sales Licensed Establishment from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
INFO
   
MOL
Ministry of Labour Occupational Health & Safety Training and Awareness.
INFO
   
MOL 
Tools to help you prepare for Ministry of Labour site inspections.
INFO
 

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IPM Accreditation Program
Updated Policies & Procedures 

An updated policies & procedures document for the IPM Golf Accreditation Program has now been posted on the IPM Council of Canada’s home page.

DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT

This updated document contains the following changes:

  • clarification of the golf facility owner's and the IPM Certified Agent's respective responsibilities;
  • detailed requirements for IPM Certified Agents wishing to act as an agent for more than one golf facility;
  • rescheduling fee for on-site audits cancelled by golf facility within 48 hrs of scheduled appointment;
  • loss of golf facility's accreditation status for failure to comply with on-site audit requirement;
  • potential loss of certification status for IPM Certified Agents failing to complete annual desk review forms or failing to be present for scheduled on-site audits.

You can also visit www.ontarioipm.com for more information on the Integrated Pest Management Accreditation Program.

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IPM desk reviews due January 31, 2017

IPM Desk Reviews from the 2016 season are due January 31 2017.  Any Desk Reviews submitted after that time is subject to a late fee, and no desk reviews will be accepted after May 31st 2017.

What happens if I do not submit?

Not submitting a desk review will result in a golf course being demoted from level 2 accreditation to level 1 accreditation or from level 1 accreditation to registered level. Please note that Level 2 Accreditation is what is required by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to legally use Class 9 pesticides.

Please be aware the submission of desk reviews is the responsibility of the registered golf course; and although most courses leave the reporting to their IPM Certified Agent, it is the course owner’s responsibility to make sure the desk review is submitted. More information is available here.

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Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment Policy [Bill 132]

On September 8, 2016, additional duties for employers were added to the Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment Policy [Bill 132].  Click here for more information to help you understand the law and the changes, the Code of Practice to help comply with OHSA’s provisions, and also many templates and samples to help you with your policies and program implementation or update.

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WHMIS

As of July 1, 2016, new Safety Data Sheets (SDS) have replaced the current MSDS sheets required to be posted where chemicals are located in your facilities. Facilities must be in full compliance with this change by December 1, 2018. This change is a result of amendments implemented by the federal government to align with the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling (GHS). The GHS is being adopted by countries around the world and provides a consistent international system for chemical classification and labelling. Click here for information on the new regulations as well as FAQ’s and additional links to proper implementation. Please note: the new SDS sheets can be obtained through your supplier.

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Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry

National / Ontario

Advocacy is an integral part of your Association’s dedication to provide our members with the business support necessary to develop initiatives and programs within an effective networking environment to enable you to operate more efficient and profitable golf facilities.

Renewing your NGCOA Canada membership is the single most cost efficient and effective way to ensure a healthy, viable golf industry.

Click here to view the current list of National Advocacy Issues.

Click here to view Ontario's Advocacy Issues.

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UPDATE July 11, 2017 - On behalf of our membership, NGCOA Canada has applied to be heard at the Ontario Legislative Committees’ oral presentations on Bill 148 taking place in different locations across the province from July 10 to July 21. NGCOA Canada’s request was granted and we will be presenting in Ottawa on Wednesday July 12. Applications from Chapter Advisory Board members have been sent for Toronto, Kitchener Waterloo, London, Niagara and Windsor dates as well. Please come back for more details as they become available.

 

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