Some on-call employees entitled to pay, but rules vary

Paying on-call workers can attract, keep top talent
By Zachary Pedersen
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 10/09/2013

Employers who permit employees to do whatever they wish with their time while on call do not need to compensate them for that time.

However, employees who are on call but are required to remain on workplace property must be appropriately compensated for their time.

“If they are required to wait at work, then (they need to be paid) as if they are working,” says Karen Seargent, a partner at Fasken Martineau in Toronto.