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King St. Pilot Project should be short- turned: Biz 
Toronto Sun 
A Survey of King Street Businesses by a hospitality association finds almost all report sales are down 
Toronto Star 

How Industry Changes Are Affecting Labour Supply 

Foodservice & Hospitality 

Hotel Association Compains of "Unregulated" Airbnb on their business 
Global News 

Bad Weather Puts A Damper On Patio Season 

CBC News 

Have Employers' Minimum Wage Concerns Fallen on Deaf Ears? 
Human Resources Director 

New Labour Report Proposes Big Changes for Ontario's Part-Time Workers 
Humber News

Minimum Wage Impact 
TV Cogeco  

Digital technology has given rise to new business models like Uber and Airbnb
Canada's Occupational Health & Safety Magazine

'Eventually, many will run out': How an LCBO strike could impact restaurants and bars
CBC News 

Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn Charters Landmark Labour Reforms 
Inside Halton 

Cheers, criticism greet Ontario plan to raise minimum wage to $15 
Globe & Mail 

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Fire Code Amendments
Updated: March 19, 2018 

There are a number of proposed Fire Code Amendments stemming out of the Ministry of Community Services and Correctional Services that will impact many buildings and sections will affect Ontario’s hotels. ORHMA has summarized these changes. We urge you to be in touch with your local fire department inspector for further information on compliance. 
Proposed Fire Code Changes  
  • Exterior Wall Assemblies- Cladding and Cladding Systems
  • Combustible Cladding- furniture in corridors and lobbies
  • Firefighters’ Elevator Out of Service Notification Requirements 
  • Inspection and testing of fire department pumper connection lines for hose standpipe systems
  • Mandating sealed, long-life (10-year) battery-operated smoke alarms 

Ontario First Province in Canada to Introduce Pay Transparency Legislation
Office of the Premier
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Then Now Next: Ontario's Strategy for Women's Economic Empowerment, a new strategy to help remove long-standing barriers that have kept women from benefiting equally in Ontario's rapidly changing economy. This strategy is a first for Canada, with Ontario becoming the first province to create a strategy focused on initiatives to advance women’s economic development, empowerment and build fair, better workplaces.  ORHMA will monitor this legislation and encourage members to share their comments and concerns in relation to Bill 203: Pay Transparency Act, 2018. This legislation passed first reading on March 6, 2018, and is brought forward by the Ministry of Labour to increase transparency in the hiring processes and give women more information when negotiating fairer compensation that is equal to their male peers.   Read more.  

Ministry of Labour Webinar: Equal Pay for Equal Work 
This session will feature Alison Griggs and Robin Duczek, Provincial Specialists with the Ministry of Labour, discussing equal pay for equal work. New rules are coming into effect on April 1, 2018 to ensure that casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees are paid the same as full time employees when doing the substantially the same work for the same employer. Conditions apply.  To find out how these changes may affect you, visit us on Facebook @OntarioMinistryofLabour at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27 to watch and participate in our interactive discussion. Register on Eventbrite with your email to receive reminders and updates.

iAGCO – Phase Two of Online Service Delivery Channel Complete
AGCO  
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to announce the successful launch of the second phase of its online service delivery channel.  As of January 29, 2018, all alcohol-related transactions with the AGCO can now be completed online through the iAGCO web-based portal, available at www.agco.ca. This includes applications, renewals and all other related transactions for liquor sales licensees,  liquor manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, grocery store authorization holders, auction authorization holders, liquor delivery services and ferment on premise facility locations.  These services will also continue to be offered through the traditional paper-based transactions for a transition period of approximately one year. At the end of the transition period, all transactions will be offered online only. Read more. AGCO will be hosting a webinar on March 14, 2018, to demonstrate the many features of iAGCO for liquor licensed establishments. Viewers will have the opportunity to learn more about creating and maintaining an account, applying/renewing a license and filling out the Personal and Entity Disclosure form. Additional registration details will be provided over the coming weeks. Read more. 


Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act – Frequently Asked Questions
Ministry of Labour
On November 27, 2017 the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) became law, introducing a number of amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).   As part of its ongoing commitment to provide compliance support to employers and employees, the Ministry of Labour has developed a comprehensive FAQ to assist the public with understanding the changes to the ESA. 

“Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act” Updated
Ministry of Labour
The Ministry of Labour has published a guide that explains key sections of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, such as hours of work, public holidays and leaves of absence. The guide has been updated to reflect new provisions that have come into effect as a result of the passing of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.  Read more. 
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