The leaves may be falling, but expenses are going up for dentist employers as Ontario’s minimum wage increase comes into effect.
If you own your practice, you need to make sure your employee’s wages align with the new standards. Ontario’s minimum wage increase took effect on October 1, 2020. Under the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, the minimum wage for general workers has gone up by 25 cents to $14.25 per hour. Student wages also increased to $13.40 per hour. For other types of workers, check the full list here on Ontario.ca.
Any employment law changes present a great time to review your current employment terms with your team members. As a business owner, you need to make sure you are staying competitive in the dental market. So, if you don’t have employment contracts with your team, giving a raise is a great time to have your employees on a contract.
If you are unsure of your rights/responsibilities as an employer, please contact us. We are happy to help with employment contracts, office policy manuals and any other employment issues. DMC is dedicated to helping dentists understand and minimize the risks associated with being an employer. Send DMC an email or give our Employment Law Team a call directly at 416-443-9280 extension 206.
Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on employment standards in Ontario!