OAKVILLE, Ont. – Approximately 65 – 70 representatives of small businesses gathered at an event aimed at making sure workplaces are informed about employment standards and health and safety on May 20, 2015.
Employment Ontario clients get job placements at these local businesses.
At the free event hosted by Employment Ontario Job Developers at the Halton Regional Centre, local small businesses took part in hearing about expected practices in the workplace as well as changes to the Employment Standards Act and Occupational Health & Safety. According to Jennifer Vanderbeek who chaired the meeting, support is needed for the small businesses to stay informed about expected practices.
“Employment Ontario clients get job placements at these local businesses. These people are your neighbours, friends and members of your communities. Our hope with this event is to encourage opportunity for businesses to acquire the right information so employers and employees are informed about the proper practices.”
In addition to highlighting the need for an open, informed work environment, the event –brought together with the help of partners such as The Centre for Skills Development & Training, Sheridan College, Amity Goodwill Industries, vpi Inc. and the YMCA Career Development & Learning Centre in Burlington – served as a resource for businesses. Specifically, it gave information to small businesses and ultimately provided a service to job seekers looking to work at those businesses. The response was significant and the people who attended the event ranged from those in human resources to senior managers and the business owners.
While all job developers in the Employment Ontario (EO) network meet regularly, this is the first meeting directed towards standards in the workplace. The Ministry of Labour, which has previous experience in bringing together all parties in labour, was keen on getting information out and saw opportunity in partnering with EO organizations. These organizations have worked successfully to build relationships and trust with networks in the community and continue to work to bring about a favourable result for all members of the business community.
Vanderbeek said this event will serve as a model for future events, which will involve inviting new businesses to participate and having access to Employment Ontario.
“We want the public to know that the EO network is here as a resource and to support the local business community.”