The Ontario government has passed new legislation aimed at assisting people in detaching from the workplace and achieving a better work-life balance.
The government declared on Tuesday that it had enacted the “Working for Workers Act,” which mandates that firms employing 25 or more people in Ontario have a written policy in place on employees’ rights with regard to detaching from their jobs at the end of each day.
The government expressed that these workplace standards might include things like email response time expectations and encouraging employees to turn on out-of-office notices when they aren’t working. An employer during the period of January 1 and March 1 each year, must guarantee that it has a documented plan in order for all employees to be detached from work, according to the statute.
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training, and Skills Development stated in a statement released Tuesday, “We are determined to achieve balance of the scales and put workers in control of Ontario’s economic growth while recruiting the greatest people to our beautiful province.”
Non-compete provisions, which hinder workers from seeking other job options and earning greater compensation, are also prohibited by the statute. According to the government, Ontario is the first province in Canada to prohibit non-compete agreements in the workplace and one of the first in North America.
According to McNaughton, the new rules would not only preserve employees’ rights but will also promote the province to attract top talent and investments.