Employment Standards Proposed Changes

Some major employment standards changes proposed by the government are coming in 2018:

  • Minimum Wage Increases: $14 per hour on January 1, 2018 and $15 per hour on January 1, 2019 (with similar, but reduced, increases for student minimum wage). The current minimum wage for most employees is $11.40 per hour.
  • Paid Vacation: Three weeks of paid vacation after five years of service with the same employer. The current minimum standard is two weeks of vacation per year.
  • Equal Pay for Casual, Part-time, Temporary & Seasonal Employees, and for Temp Help Agency Employees: Casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees would be required to be paid equally to full-time employees when performing the same job for the same employer.
  • Public Holiday Pay: A simplified formula for calculating public holiday pay so that employees are entitled to their average regular daily wage.
  • Scheduling: Employees granted the right to request schedule or location changes after having been employed for three months without fear of reprisal and the ability to refuse to accept shifts without repercussion if their employer asks them to work with less than four days’ notice.
  • Call-in and On-Call Pay: Three hours pay at regular rate as a minimum for employees who are called into work or have to be “on call” but are not called into work.
  • Paid Emergency Leave: Current personal emergency leave (PEL) provisions would apply to all workplaces (not just those with 50 or more employees). Employees would be entitled to 10 PEL days per year, with two paid PEL days.
  • Protected Leaves: Increases for job-protected leave in the event of a death of a child and for crime-related disappearance and family medical leave.
  • Physician Notes for Absences: Employers would be prohibited from requesting a sick note from an employee taking a PEL day.
  • Independent Contractors: Contractors presumed to be employees, with penalties for misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

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