Ontario introducing legislation to promote work-life balance

In a news conference at Queen’s Park, Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton announces that the government plans to introduce legislation that will require businesses with over 25 workers to develop disconnect from work policies. If passed, the changes will make Ontario the first province to enact regulations about response times for emails and to encourage employees to use out-of-office notifications when they are not working. The legislation will also ban non-compete agreements which can prevent an employee from accepting a new job in the same field after they leave a workplace. The minister is joined by Deepak Anand (his parliamentary assistant and the MPP for Mississauga–Malton), Sari Abdo (CEO of HungerHub) and Randy Comish (vice-president of the International Workplace Group).

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