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McGuinty government to end 60-hour work week

Chris

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TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is delivering on its agenda for positive change by moving to end the previous government's "60-hour work week", Labour Minister Chris Bentley announced today.

"We will ensure employees have the protection they need so they can decide - without undue pressure - whether to work longer hours," said Bentley. "That protection will be balanced with Ontario employers' need for flexibility so they can compete in today's market."

Fair and balanced legislation will be introduced in the upcoming spring legislative session - following consultations - that would ensure employees cannot be forced to work more than 48 hours a week, Bentley said.

As a result of the previous government's legislation, some employees are now too worried about their jobs to say "no" to an employer's request to work up to 60 hours a week, he said.

Employees deserve to be able to freely decide for themselves if they would rather work longer hours, or use these hours to seek a better balance between their work and personal lives. "We want the input of business, labour and others prior to the
introduction of legislation to end the 60-hour work week," said Bentley. "We want to design a system that works for everyone."

A discussion paper outlining options and how interested individuals and groups can provide their views can be found on the Ministry of Labour website
at www.gov.on.ca/lab/, or call 416-326-9293.
 
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