There is a great weekly segment on HBO’s Last Week Tonight called “How is this still a thing?”, where host John Oliver attacks irrelevant norms such as Daylight Savings Time or social prejudice such as Holllywood whitewashing. Well, I have a suggestion to Mr. Oliver for an upcoming segment: laws permitting the payment of wages to disabled workers that are below the minimum wage. In 2016, how the hell is this still a thing?
I was very surprised this week when I stumbled across an article describing how the Alberta government will be “reviewing” language in its Employment Standards Code allowing employers to seek a permit to pay disabled workers less than the minimum wage. Apparently, similar laws were also in place in Saskatchewan and Manitoba until they were repealed, leaving Alberta the last province standing. Continue reading “Paying Disabled Workers Less than Minimum Wage: How is this Still a Thing?”