THE RIGHT TO DISCONNECT FROM WORK IN CANADA
SECTION 21.1.1 OF ONTARIO’S EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT IN CONTEXT
Ontario’s provincial government enacted legislation in 2021 mandating employers to develop and maintain workplace policies with regard to employees disconnecting from work. The aim of this article is to examine the suitability of Ontario’s legislative response under the Employment Standards Act in the context of the “right to disconnect”. This paper argues that the Canadian “right to disconnect” in its current form is inadequate from a regulatory perspective and advocates for a stronger framework in this respect.
Keywords:Technology, Law, Legislation, Labour, Employment, Canada, Human Rights, Working Time, Disconnecting, Regulations, Ontario, Employment Standards
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