Equal Pay for Equal Work Provisions Now in Effect

Apr 30, 2018

As of April 1, 2018, employers are now required to pay employees equal pay for equal work. We discussed this change in an earlier post on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, but it was only earlier this month that the provision came into effect.

Under the new provision, employers are prohibited from paying employees different wages based on employment status. For example, this prevents employers from paying part-time employees a lower wage than full-time workers provided they’re doing the same or similar work.

Employees who suspect their employer is not complying with the requirement for equal pay can request that their employer review their pay for compliance with the Employment Standards Act. An employee who does so cannot be punished by their employer.

Employees should note, however, that this provision does not protect them if the difference in wage is based on seniority, required skills or different working conditions.

Symes Street & Millard has extensive experience drafting employer policies to comply with changing legal obligations, as well as supporting employees in seeking their legal entitlements. If you would like to discuss your options, please contact us.

By Mika Imai. Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read, cc.

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