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Wages or Salary – Do You Know Your Obligations?

Published September 11, 2017 (last updated July 14, 2022) -

Employers can often overlook the subtle differences impacting those employees paid a wage compared to those paid a salary.

It is unlawful for an employer to require an employee to be available for work over and above their guaranteed hours, unless a lawful availability provision is included in the employment agreement. Also, employees must be compensated for making themselves available under an availability provision.

The below infographic outlines the options available to employers depending on whether the employee is on a salary or being paid a wage. Download the pdf here. 


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