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Question about compensation at summer job - May 18th 2009, 04:19 AM

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I live in Ontario, Canada. In March of this year, it was announced that minimum wage was to increase from $8.75/hour to $9.50/hour.

I am done school now (just finished second year of university) and am back working at the same job I was at last summer/over the Christmas holidays. Before the minimum wage change, I was getting $9.00/hour. However, I got my paycheque on Friday and it says that I am still only getting $9.00/hour, even though the increase in minimum wage has taken place.

Is there something that I'm missing here? Shouldn't I be getting $9.50/hour? Is it something to do with the fact that I'm a student or something? How can I talk to my manager politely about this and ask for the appropriate amount? Any help is appreciated.
   
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Re: Question about compensation at summer job - May 18th 2009, 05:59 AM

Where do you work? Some jobs, like waitressing, have a separate minimum wage. Or it could be that the government has given employers a certain amount of time to update their wages.

Just looked it up. The general minimum wage is $9.50, but the student minimum wage is $8.90. Liquor servers minimum wage is $8.25.


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Re: Question about compensation at summer job - May 18th 2009, 06:40 AM

I work in retail, at a home furnishing store.
Thanks for your info, from my research I think that "students" are 18 and under but if someone could clarify that I would appreciate it.

It's sort of an awkward thing to bring up with my manager - any ideas as to how to go about it?
   
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Re: Question about compensation at summer job - May 18th 2009, 09:16 AM

It's your right to bring up your pay with your manager. It's even your right to request a raise. It may feel awkward for you, but they've heard it before and the worst they can do is say no.



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Re: Question about compensation at summer job - May 18th 2009, 09:28 AM

Here there is two minimum wages. 4.25 for those under 21, 5.73 for 21 +. I'm 19 and luckily get the latter
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