The Ontario Government recently announced it was backing off a portion of Bill 148, the Fairer Workplaces, Better Jobs Act that would have seen part-time workers, even if they worked only occasionally during the month a public holiday occurred, receive a full eight-hours pay.

Seeing the unintended consequences of the proposed calculation for public holiday pay under the Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Chamber Network (which includes the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce) advocated for a return to the prior calculation to avoid a system that would be unfair to some workers.

The government announced that, after hearing from stakeholders, it will undertake a review of the public holiday system of the Employment Standards Act later this year. As an interim measure, the government will reinstate the previous holiday pay calculation, coming into effect on July 1.