Pay Equity and the gender wage gap is a global problem. As we recognize Equal Pay Day in Ontario on April 10, 2018, employment lawyer, Bram Lecker, reviews Canadian legislation that try to bring women’s earnings closer to those of men.
Equal Pay for Equal Work becomes law in April 2018. Part-time workers, temps and seasonal employees can now expect the same wages as their full-time counterparts if they perform virtually the same job. A part-time job status is not inferior and entitles you to equal benefits, pro-rated, that full-time employees receive. And yes, that includes notice and severance pay when you are dismissed without cause.
What happens to your job when your company is sold? Can the new “Successor Employer” change the terms of your employment contract? The answer is unclear because of a recent controversial court decision.
Canadian physicians are prescribing marijuana with increasing frequency for pain, disability and chronic illness. Accordingly, with easier access, could workplaces encounter more cases of marijuana intoxication? Under our current laws, your employer can fire you for being intoxicated on duty. But the matter is not clear cut with medical marijuana. In this case, your employer must treat it like any other prescription drug.
Canadians and Americans may be culturally similar on some levels. However, in the arena of employment law, we could not be further apart. This is a legal environment that would make the likes of Donald Trump contrite and speechless. U.S. style employment contracts generally will not pass the Canadian “smell test”.
Every year, thousands of Canadians commit crimes; their Criminal Records follow them around causing problems in everyday life, including at work. Can your employer discriminate against you for having a Criminal Record even after you have done your time and paid your dues?
Bonus pay usually operates as a win-win in employment relationships until business conditions become challenging. That’s when some employers start viewing it as low hanging fruit for cost savings.
A Coburg based Tim Horton’s franchise made the news yesterday. Following the increase in minimum wage mandated by Bill 148, the franchise owners informed their employees of changing employment terms. To compensate for the extra wage costs, employees would no longer receive paid breaks, benefits and other incentives. Can your employer do that?
Ontario’s economy is changing. Workplaces are less secure, with part-time and contract jobs on the rise. The government passed sweeping changes to our employment laws to address this trend and provide workers with more rights. Bill 148 legislation becomes effective on January 1, 2018. What changes for you as a worker in this new Ontario economy?
Most employees wear their attendance record like a badge of honour. It symbolizes their work ethic and loyalty to their employer. When ill, it is not uncommon to see many opt to come into the office. This, despite receiving government protected sick leave or employer sponsored disability benefits. While many employees do this out of dedication, some in this predicament fear penalties or losing their job. Nothing could be farther from the truth.