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Ontario’s right to disconnect policy for employees kicks in
Ontario’s right to disconnect policy comes into effect today, requiring employees with 25 or more people on staff as of Jan. 1, 2022, to have a written policy outlining how they will ensure workers are able to disconnect from technology after workplace hours.
The Bill 27:Working for Workers Act, 2021, enacted in the province in November last year, defines disconnecting from work as “not engaging in work-related communications, including emails, telephone calls, video calls or sending or reviewing other messages, to be free from the performance of work.”
The policy applies to all employees, including management and executives.
Employers are required to ensure they have provided their staff the written policy before March 2023.
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