(TORONTO, ON) – The former National President of the Canadian Auto Workers union, Buzz Hargrove, has been named by the province, along with Stacey Allerton, the former vice-president of human resources for Ford Canada, to review the personal emergency leave rules for the auto sector.
A pilot project in 2017 required auto sector employers, with 50 or more employees, to provide each employee with up to seven PEL days each year for illness, injury, medical emergencies and other urgent matters. The 50 employee threshold was removed at the beginning of this year.
Hargrove and Allerton will now consult with the auto sector and will provide recommendations to the government. The review will evaluate how this pilot project has impacted the auto industry in terms of competitiveness, job security, employment standards and growth of the sector in Ontario.
“This review is part of our overall commitment to address the realities of the modern workplace and create a fair society,” said the Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn. “The auto sector is a vitally important industry to Ontario’s economy, and the people who work in the sector deserve fairness in their workplaces. This review will allow us to seek the right input to guide us going forward.”