Most firms offer "blackout pay" to staff

Majority of Ontario firms plan to pay employees for work missed due to power outage: study
||Last Updated: 08/29/2003


he majority of employers in Ontario don’t plan to “blackout” employees’ paycheques for missing work during the massive power outage that hit the province and parts of the United States on Aug. 14.

Only a small percentage of employees (less than five per cent) will not be paid by businesses closed during the blackout, according to a survey of 93 human resource managers and senior leaders. Although Ontario’s employment standards legislation does not require employers to pay staff, it appears most are going beyond the minimum requirements of the law in this situation.