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ORHMA In the Media

Stop It! program in development to halt sexual violence
Canadian Restaurant News 

ORHMA: Hydro rebate won’t ease costs
Canadian Restaurant News

The Fight for Diaper Changing Tables in Men's Washrooms 
Macleans

Leamington restaurant struggles to cope with hefty hydro bills 

Windsor Star 

ORHMA Culinary Challenge
Canadian Lodging News

Destination & Tourism Fees -

Zoomer Radio

Food Trucks need more room to grow -

Toronto Star

Ontario servers welcome bill to ban restaurant ‘tip theft’ -
Hamilton Spectator

Workers welcome bill to bring restaurant ‘tip theft’ out of the shadows -
The Toronto Star

The dirty diaper dilemma - The Globe and Mail

AESP Conference - Using Trade Associations As A Conduit - Fierceenergy.com

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What does the Changing Workplaces Review Mean to Ontario’s Hospitality Industry ?
ORHMA Urges A Risk Based Enforcement Mode to Be Applied to the Employment Standards Act 
The Ontario Government is conducting a review of labour relations and employment standards legislation with changes that will have a significant and detrimental impact on your business. ORHMA is certain that it is no longer a question of if the provincial government will be making changes to the Employment Stands Act, but which recommendations they will adopt.  ORHMA has prepared a report summarizing the considered options included in the Changing Workplace Review Interim Report and outlines ORHMA’s advocacy efforts.  To read this report, click here.


Accommodation Sharing Economy

ORHMA participated in two key meetings on the emerging but disrupting accommodation sharing economy. In both the Ministry of Finance consultation session and the Toronto’s Executive Council meeting, ORHMA challenged the commercialization that operates in an unfair playing field. Working together with the Greater Toronto Hotel Association, we have had success. The outlook for action by the City of Toronto is promising with a framework drafted for the first quarter of 2017. Click here for the deputation made by Tony Elenis, President & CEO of ORHMA. 

WSIB - Rate Framework Modernization Update

The WSIB has updated the Rate Framework Modernization website to provide a new message from the Chair and President & CEO announcing the approval of the Rate Framework by the WSIB’s Board of Directors.  The WSIB is committed to ensuring the Rate Framework is implemented in a manner that fosters stability. Starting in 2017, the WSIB will undertake further education and outreach efforts, including further discussion on the promotion of occupational health and safety, to ensure a broader understanding of the new approach.

Ontario’s Hospitality Industry – Unfair Hydro Expenses

Energy expenses in Ontario’s hospitality industry remain to be a heavy burden; a burden that punishes and steals from a business’s success. ORHMA views the government’s recent incentive announcements lame and not going far enough to address a serious and unfair issue.  ORHMA will continue to raise this matter with the province until it is addressed. Please click here to read a letter sent by Tony Elenis, President & CEO of ORHMA, to the Minister of Energy calling for real support. 

Labour Laws Under Review in Ontario– Get Involved!

The Ontario government is conducting a review of labour relations and employment standards legislation with a view to changes that will have a significant and detrimental impact on your business. This is a critically important issue not only for our industry, but for the entire business and employer community. You’re being asked to get involved at the grassroots level to help influence the government’s decisions on the proposed labour law policy options. To read more, click here. 

WSIB Premium Rate Reductions since 2001

When WSIB faced an unfunded liability of over $14 Billion, ORHMA worked diligently with officials to mitigate against severe increases to premium rates in the hospitality industry. ORHMA, as part of an employers group, meets quarterly with WSIB’s leadership and successfully influenced a freeze for the last three years including 2016. As WSIB’s performance is improving reductions are in the plan for 2017 and beyond. Good bottom line business support here.  Read more

Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program Rules – Changes upcoming
ORHMA applauds the recommendations stemming from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources (HUMA) report on the TFW Program. Ontario’s workforce needs are entering a crisis mode and a speedy sustainable TFW Program will support operator’s success.The HUMA committee released the long anticipated study this past week on the TFW Program and is in the process of being reviewed by government. Read more 

Ontario Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking Initiative Update
The Ministry of Energy is proceeding with an initiative on reporting and benchmarking on water and energy for large buildings.  Under the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act which received Royal Assent on June 9, 2016, it will enable through regulation the implementation of a system named Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB). Read more 

Legislation Aimed at Stopping Sexual Violence and Harassment in effect Sept. 8, 2016

Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), will come into effect on September 8, 2016. The act aims to make workplaces, campuses and communities safer and more responsive to the needs of survivors and to complaints about sexual violence and harassment. Read more. 

Changes to the AODA Customer Service Standard - Effective on July 1, 2016
Restaurant owner Greg Boyle says there is a rich and growing market in Ontario any business can tap into if they just follow some simple advice.
“It really is just a matter of listening and talking to your guests,” says Boyle, who has made accessibility for customers with disabilities a cornerstone of the three Tim Hortons stores he operates with his partner in Sarnia, Ontario.Read more»»
Minister of Labour Response To Protecting Employees’ Tips Act
Please find below an excerpt of a letter sent to ORHMA by Minister Flynn.Read more»»
Requirement for Server Training Prior to First Day of Work
New employees at liquor licensed establishments (e.g. bars, restaurants, nightclubs) and LDS have historically been provided with a sixty-day “grace period” to complete an AGCO Board-approved server training course. Read More»»
Amendments To Regulations Under The Liquor Licence Act – Effective July 1, 2016
The Government of Ontario has recently approved a number of regulations impacting beverage alcohol in Ontario. Read more»»
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