We have an hourly employee in Ontario who is covering another employee’s work/job duties while they are out of office through the end of the year. Would our employee (who is covering the additional work) be entitled to any additional compensation for this? The worker would of course be paid for all hours worked, including any OT accordingly. But wanted to make sure there is no additional compensation that would be due or owed.
No, the employee would not be entitled to additional compensation. If, however, the job they were covering had additional responsibilities – say it was their manager’s role and responsibilities – they may look for additional compensation as their responsibilities have exceeded their original pay scale, but this wouldn’t necessarily be a legal entitlement or requirement. The only real exceptions to this would be if there was a first-aid requirement or the additional duties was incumbent by union contract to additional compensation. However, if this is not specified in a contract or by a union, then the employee would only be entitled to their original pay.