Equal Pay for Equal Work Effective April 1, 2018 April 02 2018

Employers in Ontario should be aware that effective April 1, 2018 employees, regardless of status (FT, PT, Casual, etc.), are entitled to receive the same rate of pay when:

  • They perform substantially the same kind of work in the same establishment;
  • Their performance requires substantially the same skill, effort, and responsibility; and
  • Their work is performed under similar working conditions.

Temporary help agency employees doing the same job as permanent employees at the agencies’ client companies must also receive equal pay.

With that said, employers will be exempt from the new equal pay for equal work rules if the difference in wage is made based on a merit system or seniority system, systems that measure earnings by quantity or quality of production, or other bona fide factors (gender and employment status will not qualify).

RAPPEL: À travail égal salaire égal à compter du 1er avril

Les employeurs de l'Ontario doivent savoir qu’à compter du 1er avril 2018, les employés, peu importe leur situation d’emploi (temps plein, temps partiel, occasionnel, etc.), ont le droit de recevoir les mêmes taux de rémunération quand :

  • Ils effectuent substantiellement le même type de travail dans le même établissement;
  • Leur performance exige sensiblement les mêmes compétences, efforts et responsabilités; et
  • Leur travail est effectué dans des conditions de travail similaires.

Les employés d'agences de placement temporaire qui font le même travail que les employés permanents des entreprises clientes des agences doivent également recevoir un salaire égal.

Cela dit, les employeurs seront exemptés des nouvelles règles en matière d’égalité salariale si la différence de salaire est basée sur des critères d’ancienneté ou de mérite, des systèmes qui mesurent les gains par quantité ou qualité de production ou d'autres facteurs de bonne foi (le genre et la situation d’emploi ne seront pas admissibles).

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 Passed in Ontario November 25 2017

Earlier this week, Ontario passed The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 which will raise the minimum wage, expand personal emergency leave, and increase enforcement of employment laws. Highlights of the passed changes include: 

  • Ontario’s general minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour on January 18, 2018 then to $15 per hour on January 1, 2019. 
  • Personal emergency leave will be expanded to 10 days per calendar year, with at least two paid days per calendar year for employees who have been employed for at least a week.
  • Employers will be banned from requiring a doctor’s note from an employee taking personal emergency leave.

For a list of all changes resulting from the passing of this legislation, please refer to our interview with Karl Baldauf, Ontario Chamber of Commerce VP, focusing on Bill 148 which can be found in the Knowledge section of our website.