TORONTO — The Government of Ontario announced plans to introduce more labour legislation, including requirements for employers to include expected salary ranges in job postings.
David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development said the goal of the legislation was to keep things fair for job seekers, providing them necessary information to make an informed choice.
“At a time when many companies are posting record profits, it is only fair they communicate transparently about how they pay workers,” he said.
The government said it hopes including salary ranges with job postings will help tackle problems including closing the gender pay gap, and allowing companies to find qualified candidates more quickly and improve retention, helping tackle the nearly 250,000-person labour shortage.
Currently only 37 per cent of jobs include salary information.
The new legislation will also make Ontario the first jurisdiction in Canada to require businesses to disclose if artificial intelligence (AI) is used during their hiring process, allowing job seekers to see if their application will be sorted or read by an AI or machine learning program before they submit.
The government said it will also be conducting consultations and detailed analysis on ending the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) in the settlement of cases of workplace sexual harassment, misconduct or violence, aiming to provide more legal resources for those harassed at work.
The changes are coming amid a larger roll-out of updates to Ontario employment and labour legislation, titled the Working for Workers Act.
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