The new ‘equal pay for equal work’ provisions in Ontario

Rules have potential to significantly impact how employers structure, pay workforce

Bill 148 introduced significant amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). One of the most dramatic is the introduction of the “equal pay for equal work” provisions. Prior to Bill 148, the ESA did not require an employer to compensate a part-time, temporary, casual or contract employee the same as a full-time employee doing substantially similar work. Bill 148 changed all of that.

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