As noted in our previous e-Communique, on July 27, 2016, the Special Advisors for the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Changing Workplaces Review released their Interim Report discussing policy options on how to possibly amend the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA) and the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), which may have significant implications for franchisors and franchisees.
Stakeholder submissions on the Interim Report were due on October 14, 2016. Larry Weinberg, as Chair of the Legal and Legislative Committee of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA), participated in the drafting of the CFA’s submissions in response to the Interim Report.
The International Franchise Association also made submissions in response to the Interim Report.
Cassels Brock will provide further updates as this process develops. The Final Report of the Special Advisors is expected in February or March 2017.