[39] Bill 239 Original (PDF)

Bill 239 2009

An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 with respect to lay-offs

Note: This Act amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000.  For the legislative history of the Act, see the Table of Consolidated Public Statutes – Detailed Legislative History at

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

   1.  The definition of "excluded week" in subsection 56 (3) of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 is amended by striking out "or lock-out".


   2.  This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

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   3.  The short title of this Act is the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Lay-offs), 2009.



Currently, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 provides that excluded weeks are not counted in some situations in determining whether a person has been laid off. An excluded week is defined as a week during which an employee does not work for various reasons, including a lock-out. The Bill amends the Act so that if an employee does not work for a period of time due to a lock-out, that time is not included for the purposes of determining whether the week is an excluded week.