Equal pay for equal work now law in Ontario

Pay discrimination for part-time, temporary workers focus of amendments
By David Master
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/09/2018

As of April 1, 2018, the next tranche of Bill 148 amendments, which focus on enhancing the “equal pay for equal work” protections for employees in Ontario, are in force.

These amendments to the province’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), which focus on pay discrimination, will most significantly impact employers who rely on part-time, temporary, casual or seasonal workers, and temporary help agencies, which typically pay their “assignment employees” (defined in the ESA as an employee employed by a temporary help agency for the purpose of being assigned to perform work on a temporary basis for clients of the agency) less than their “clients” (defined as a person or entity that enters into an arrangement with the agency to assign one or more of the agency's assignment employees to perform work for the person or entity on a temporary basis) pay their full-time employees for doing similar work.

Key amendments and ministry guidance