Bracing for Change: How Bill 148 is poised to radically reshape Ontario’s HR law landscape [On Demand]

Find innovative ways for your organization to comply and thrive under Ontario’s new employment and labour laws



On Demand
Course Leader : Laura Williams & Joel Smith, Williams HR Law
Duration : 1 hour 0 minute
Price: $69.00

When it comes to Ontario’s labour and employment laws, change usually happens at a glacial pace. Legislative amendments are more evolutionary than revolutionary; their impact may be felt by employers, but any significant risks are generally mitigated by a phased-in rollout or compromises that make changes more palatable for businesses across the province.

Not so in the case of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. When it’s eventually passed by the Wynne government, the legislation will signify the most rapid and dramatic shift in labour and employment laws in the province in recent memory. From a major increase to Ontario’s minimum wage to steep new penalties for misclassifying employees, Bill 148 poses a major challenge for employers. Business groups have been decrying the proposed changes, but at least so far, the government has remained steadfast in its determination to enact the new set of laws.

Employers in Ontario should bet on the bill’s passage. If that is indeed the case, inaction is not an option.

Now is the time to take steps to assess Bill 148’s potential impact on your organization, then develop a strategy to make this legislative shift work for your workplace.

Join Laura Williams and Joel Smith of Williams HR Law for Bracing for change: How Bill 148 is poised to radically reshape Ontario’s HR law landscape. This interactive webinar will help organizations like yours understand the legislation’s labour and employment law changes, while finding innovative ways to comply and even thrive under this new set of rules and regulations.

Here's what you can expect:

• A comprehensive overview of the Bill 148 legislative amendments
• An exploration of how the various amendments could affect your organization
• A discussion of strategies and best practices to meet your compliance responsibilities


Laura Williams, Williams HR Law

Laura Williams has more than 15 years of experience providing strategic advice and representation to employers on a full range of labour and employment matters, including pre-termination advice and strategy, workplace safety and insurance, wrongful dismissal actions, union organizing and certification, grievance arbitration, human rights, privacy, employment standards, workplace policies, procedures and employment contracts. Laura is regularly engaged by organizations and firms as an investigator on various issues including workplace violence, harassment, sexual harassment, violence, employee discipline, fraud, health and safety, and disability management issues. She has also been featured in various industry magazines and human resources publications, providing expertise and insights on a wide range of employment law and employee engagement issues. Laura speaks frequently at HR law seminars and conferences, and regularly conducts workshops and training for human resources professionals and managers operating in a variety of sectors.

Joel Smith, Williams HR Law

Joel Smith is a lawyer with Williams HR Law, where he practices management side labour, employment and human rights law. He provides advice and representation to employers on a broad range of issues including employment contracts, employment standards, wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights and accommodation, grievance arbitrations, labour board proceedings, privacy and workplace safety and insurance matters. Joel regularly presents before employers and human resources professionals, and has presented at the HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show. Joel also frequently provides training to Williams HR Law’s clients on various labour and employment law topics, and his writing has been published in labour and employment law and human resources publications.