Category Archives: Topics of Interest

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Time Change Weekend Pay Rules

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 »

Do Employees Get Paid Time Off to Vote?

On Monday October 21, voting stations in Ontario will be open from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, but some workers shifts will not permit them to attend the polling station during those hours (i.e. persons who work 12-hour shifts). While advance polls and online voting are possibilities, Elections Canada has “rules” that permit employees to take time off work to vote. You can check the Elections Canada FAQ list here. Employers must ensure that persons who don’t work a “normal 8 hour shift” have three consecutive hours in which to attend their polling station and cast their vote.  If this Continue Reading »

MOL Announces Inspection Blitz

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!

What to do with Extra Vacation Pay?

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 »