Bill 124 Remedy FAQ and Important Links

Payroll Update: Bill 124 Remedy Payment

As you may know, Bill 124 was legislation that capped salary increases at 1% for Broader Public Sector employees between 2019 and 2022. In 2023, the Bill was declared unconstitutional by the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

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As a remedy, the provincial parties subsequently negotiated an increase of 0.75% for 2019-20 and 0.75% for 2020-21, and agreed to an arbitration process to determine the amount of increase for 2021-22. In February 2024, an arbitrator ruled that the 2021-22 increase will be 2.75%. These amounts will be paid as retroactive compensation for those years to those employees who are eligible.

Only TDSB employees who were members of one of these associations or bargaining units (ETFO, OSSTF, PSSP, CUPE and Non-Union) between September 1, 2019, and August 31, 2022, may be eligible to receive retroactive payments.

Pay rates from 2022-23 onward will also be adjusted to reflect the above noted remedy increase.

Retroactive payments and adjustments to grids will be done for eligible active employees on the first pay in May and details will be included on their pay stub.  For eligible inactive employees, the Payroll department is working to confirm current mailing and banking information.  Once these employees have confirmed their information, a cheque will be issued.

Where applicable, the Board will work to update pension boards, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and Long-Term Disability Insurance (LTDI) to advise of additional employee earnings.

As part of the retroactive payment, your taxes will be adjusted as appropriate and will be reflected on your T4 for the 2024 tax year.  For those eligible employees who are members of a union or association with dues, the Board will deduct and remit the appropriate dues on your behalf.

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