New rules for part-time workers in Ontario

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In what can only be a progressive and much-awaited move, Ontario will ensure part-time, casual and seasonal employees are paid at the same rate as full-time workers through new legislation came into effect this week.

The equal pay for equal work protection comes three months after the Liberal government hiked minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1.

It includes a provision dictating that that all employees who perform the same tasks must be paid the same hourly wage.

The law applies to part-time, casual or seasonal employees who have the same responsibilities of full-time workers.

Although it is illegal to pay a different wage based on a person’s gender, the province believes that the gender wage gap exists because some women are being put into positions where they are paid less than their male counterparts for the same work.

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In many certain sectors, part-time employees — primarily women and new Canadians do the exact same work as a full-time employee but get paid minimum wage, which isn’t fair.

According to data from Statistics Canada, in 2015, Canadian women earned 87 cents an hour for every dollar earned by men.

There are some exceptions to the law. The changes don’t apply if an employer proves the wage gap is due to seniority or merit. Students younger than 18 who work fewer than 28 hours a week are also exempt from the new rules. – CINEWS

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