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Government of Canada protects federally regulated workers

GATINEAU, QC, June 21, 2024 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is growing the economy in a way that helps every generation get ahead. This includes fair protection for working Canadians by tackling the big issues in our workplaces and in our society that are holding workers back.

Today, Minister of Labour, Seamus O'Regan Jr., welcomed royal assent of legislative changes to support federally regulated employees when it comes to accessing the benefits and protections they're entitled to, maintaining a healthy work-life balance and having the time they need for health challenges or becoming a parent.

More specifically, these changes to the Canada Labour Code will:

The Minister commends the many employers who provide benefits and leaves that go above and beyond the minimum standards of the Labour Code. For workers in workplaces where this is not the case, these changes represent the new minimum standards that all employers will be held to in federally regulated industries. Changes to better protect gig workers come into effect immediately; all other changes will require regulations and are expected to come into effect next year to ensure employers have enough time to prepare.


"Right to disconnect. Parental leave. Banning worker misclassification. It's all about making life better for workers. So every worker can be at their best"
? Minister of Labour and Seniors, Seamus O'Regan Jr.

"We are listening to Canadians and making changes to better reflect family life in Canada today. All parents deserve time to welcome their children home, and all children benefit from that time. I am very pleased that parents going through adoption and surrogacy will soon have the same access as other parents to the time and support they need to welcome their new children home."
? Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, Randy Boissonnault

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On June 20, 2024, An Act to implement certain provisions of the fall economic statement (Bill C-59), received royal assent. It includes the following legislative changes to the Canada Labour Code:

On June 20, 2024, Budget Implementation Act, 2024, No. 1, (Bill C-69), received royal assent. It includes the following legislative changes to the Canada Labour Code:

Guidance documents regarding gig worker legislation is available online:

For any questions, please contact the Labour Program at 1-800-641-4049.

They will also require employers to:

Evidence shows that disconnecting from work is critical to well-being and productivity. Right-to- disconnect policies can reduce the informal expectation that employees must remain constantly connected, while maintaining the flexibility employers need to keep the economy moving.

Information, tools and resources will be made available to employers and employees before the coming into force, which will take place in 2025 to ensure employers have enough time to prepare.

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

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