Past Teleconnect: Bill 148 and the Collective Agreement

February 20, 2018

This teleconnect will focus on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, which introduced significant changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. This new legislation has effected a number of changes which impacts our members. Most of the amendments came into effect on January 1, 2018, but some changes are phased in on later dates.

You will be provided with an in-depth analysis into certain changes related to Bill 148, including changes to pregnancy and parental leave, new leave provisions and amendments to existing leave provisions. We will also discuss new scheduling provisions, including shift cancellations, and the popular topic of providing medical notes. Finally, we will review what a “greater right or benefit” is and how this legal concept impacts your collective agreement.

Please send any questions you have prior to February 16 so that we can ensure a fulsome discussion on our issues. Send your questions to:

The target audiences for this teleconnect are ONA members, Unit Representatives, Grievance Chairs, Bargaining Unit Presidents and Local Coordinators.

Materials and audio from this teleconnect are confidential in nature and will be available on the executive side of the ONA website.