We live in a world that is becoming increasingly digital including how we order a pizza, groceries, and get around town. People are using apps on their mobile phones such as Uber, Lyft, Grocery Gateway, Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, and more, to conveniently order goods and services and track the progress for their orders in real time on their phones. However, the explosion of digital platforms for ordering goods and services is still relatively new, and the laws protecting employees who provide these services or delivery of the goods is only beginning to take shape.
On April 11, 2022, Ontario passed Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, which includes the Digital Platform Workers’ Rights Act. This new legislation is designed to create minimum standards and protections for digital platform workers. Prior to this new legislation, digital platform workers were often being paid below minimum wage and were being put in unsafe working environments. The new legislation was implemented with a view to securing rights for digital platform workers regarding minimum wage, rights to information regarding tips and work assignments, rights to notice of removal and a written explanation, and rights to being protected against their employer retaliating against them in reprisal. The new legislation is not yet in effect but is anticipated to be officially effected in the near future.
If you are digital platform worker and wish to better understand digital platform workers rights under the new legislation, or if you are an employer looking to better understand your new obligations, we encourage you to have an experienced employment lawyer advise you on this new legislation. We at Whitten & Lublin are happy to provide insight and advice into your specific circumstances. If you are looking for employment lawyers and would like more information about what Whitten & Lublin can do for you, please contact us online or by phone at (416) 640-2667 today.
Author: Nasyr Asmi