Canada’s most affluent and most influential province is continuing its efforts to level the playing field for low-wage workers.
As of Sunday, part-time, casual and seasonal employees in Ontario will be paid at the same rate as full-time workers.
The equal pay for equal work legislation takes effect three months after the province hiked the minimum wage to $14 per hour, with that rate scheduled to rise by another $1 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019.
The legislation makes is the first in North America to require equal pay for part-time employees, though there are some exceptions.
The changes will not apply if an employer can prove the wage gap is due to seniority or merit.
As well, students younger than 18 and who work less than 28 hours a week are not covered by the new legislation.
Part-time employees now make up nearly 20 percent of the work force.
Under the new rules, temporary help agencies must now ensure that temporary employees at a client’s business are paid equally.
And the legislation forbids repercussions against anyone inquiring about their pay rate or asking other employees how much they are making.
With files from CBC, CTV, Globe and Mail, CP