Today the Ontario government will be introducing legislation that will, in part, ensure gig companies adhere to the same minimum wage laws as other companies! I was invited to a press conference by the Ministry of Labour as an example of how the proposed legislation would benefit gig workers.
Here’s a brief overview of what’s being proposed.
- Earning at least the minimum wage for time worked;
- The right to keep tips;
- The right to information and clarity around algorithms including: how pay is calculated; and how and why a worker might be penalized in the allocation of work;
- Two weeks’ notice if they are being removed from the platform and why;
- The right to resolve their work-related disputes in Ontario;
- Protection from reprisal should they seek to assert their rights.
While it’s great the gig workers will have a floor wage ($15/hour NOT including tips and distance reimbursement), I think the BIGGER piece is #3, “The Right To Information”!
I’m working on a longer post, but I wanted to get this out there.
Overall this is good news, however the devil will be in the details!
Here’s a link to the proposed legislation “Bill 88, Working for Workers Act, 2022”