Mandating the 'Right to Disconnect' in Ontario
February 2022 - 2 min read
The COVID-19 world we now live in has shown employers and employees the advantages and challenges of working remotely. Employees have embraced the increased flexibility of working from home, and the benefits of not spending time going back and forth to work. So, in some ways, it was no surprise when the Ontario legislature passed Bill 27, which amends Ontario’s Employment Standards Act to help employees disconnect from the office.
Frank Molnar says Quebec and the federal government have looked at formalizing the right into disconnect into law, but he hasn’t heard it come up as an issue in Alberta or other provinces. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a topical issue or that employers shouldn’t consider the idea of a right-to-disconnect policy, even in the absence of legislation.
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