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New Ontario Law Gives Gig Workers Employment Standards Rights

Bill 88 provides new employment protections for “digital platform workers”.

As many as 20% to 30% of all Canadian workers engage in some form of “gig work,” like driving, freelance writing, developing websites and even pet-sittting. So, it’s only a matter of time before your company partakes in the new gig economy, if it doesn’t already. A key challenge will be to ensure that your own arrangements with gig workers comply with applicable legal standards. In Ontario, the first step will be to deal with Bill 88, the Digital Platform Workers’ Rights Act, 2022, passed by the Assembly on April 11. Here’s what you need to know about the law to ensure compliance.
Whom & What Bill 88 Covers
Bill 88 covers a particular kind of gig worker, i.e., one that provides services via a “digital platform,” defined as “an online platform that allows workers to choose to accept or decline digital platform work.” Such work is defined to include “provision of for payment ride share, delivery, courier...

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