For those who work during the Time Change Weekend, there is often confusion around whether or not they get paid for the extra hour in the fall, or lose pay in the spring. Technically, the answer is yes to both. The Employment Standards Act requires that employees are paid for all hours worked, so your employees working during the time change “blip” at 2:00 am should be paid for that extra hour. It means they also lose an hour in the Spring. The only exception is if there is a Collective Agreement or other contract provision that the employee has Continue Reading »
The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced an inspection blitz that “…will focus on workplaces in the construction, health care, industrial and mining sectors. It coincides with Global Ergonomics Month in October. The workplace inspections will run from October 1 to December 27, 2019.” The MOL will be focusing on repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal injuries resulting from poor ergonomics and improper lifting techniques. Be ready! Call us today for assistance with your Ergonomic and Safe Work Policies!
Employees who work a lot of overtime or extra hours could earn more vacation pay than is needed to cover their time off. What happens to the “extra” vacation pay? It goes to the employee. Under the Employment Standards Act (ESA), vacation pay is treated the same as an earned wage or overtime pay. It is very important that vacation accrual and use is tracked on an employee’s paystub. An example: Jane works 37.5 “regular” hours plus 3 hours of overtime every week. Let’s assume that Jane uses her 10 days of vacation in July and her accrued vacation pay Continue Reading »
Accidents, illness, and employee turnover are an unfortunate part of business life, and your employees need to know what comes next in the event that you or another key person they rely on are no longer able to perform their usual duties. It can also compromise your organization if you have only one person in control of this information-bills go unpaid, emails not returned, information that is vital can be lost forever if not backed up and secured. Trying to change accesses to online accounts can be very time consuming and troubling if there isn’t a second, or even third, Continue Reading »
Bill C-86, which brought amendments to the Federal budget also came with a huge number of changes to the Federal Labour Code (the national equivalent of the Employment Standards Act) and the changes come into effect on September 1, 2019. The Federal Labour Code covers workers in the banking, radio & television broadcasting, telecommunications, inter-provincial railways, air transportation (including airlines) and shipping industries. Two very notable changes which I feel are “ground-breaking” and overdue- Traditional Aboriginal Practices leave, which provides “up to 5 days per calendar year to engage in traditional aboriginal practices”; and Breaks for Health Reasons which provides Continue Reading »