Ontario Passes “Right to Disconnect” Legislation

Just over a month ago I did a post mentioning this piece of legislation that was proposed.  It has now been passed and is awaiting Royal Assent.  One thing to notice (that will affect ALL employers) is the the banning of non-compete agreements which will also become law when the Act receives Royal Assent and will be backdated to October 25, 2021.  Read below for more…

On November 30th, 2021, the Ontario government passed the Working for Workers Act (“Act”).
The Act, which was first introduced back in October, will require employers with 25 or more employees to develop a written disconnecting from work policy. In the Act, “disconnecting from work” is defined as, “not engaging in work-related communications, including emails, telephone calls, video calls or the sending or reviewing of other messages, so as to be free from the performance of work”.