Chamber of commerce members in Kenora are glad to see changes in provincial labour laws.
"A lot of it was just too much, too soon, too fast," says Ron Malashewski, president of the Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce. "Changes like this need to be brought in over time."
The previous Liberal government had introduced a number of reforms, including an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Last week, the current Progressive Conservative government passed into law their Making Ontario Open for Business Act.
Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson says the province plans to link future increases to minimum wage to the rate of inflation.
The government will also:
- reduce the number of personal leave days currently provided to workers to eight from 10.
- workers will be entitled to three days off for personal illness,
- two days off for bereavement leave and
- three for family responsibilities.
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