(April 1/18): New Ontario Employment Standards Act changes regarding equal pay for part-time and full-time workers came into effect on April 1.

These changes stem from Bill 148’s labour updates. The law now states that that part-time, seasonal or casual employees are entitled to be paid the same wage rate as “comparable” full-time employees.  For restaurants and operations with tipped employees, the legislation only affects “rate of pay” and not tips.

Wages can only be based on:

Seniority system

Merit system

Quantity/ Quality of production

Other objective factors (other than sex)

More information on the updated labour rules and regulations along with other Ontario labour changes can be located here.

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