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Province Reviewing Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Ontario is seeking public input to help make workplaces fairer for workers in industries that currently have exemptions, special rules or exclusions.

Starting today, people across the province can have their say on important decisions related to employment standards such as wages, hours of work and public holidays.

The first phase of consultations focuses on eight occupations currently exempt from minimum employment standards:
• Architects
• Domestic Workers
• Homemakers
• IT Professionals
• Managerial and Supervisory Employees
• Pharmacists
• Residential Building Superintendents, Janitors and Caretakers
• Residential Care Workers
Ontario is also reviewing rights under the Labour Relations Act for domestic workers.
This public consultation forms part of the Ministry of Labour's broader review of Employment Standards Act (ESA) special rules and exemptions, as well as Labour Relations Act (LRA) exclusions. It is part of Ontario's plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs, which includes raising the minimum wage, 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.
To share your ideas on how to make workplaces fairer, go online by December 1, 2017.

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