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More protection for Ontario workers

The province of Ontario is now seeking to  protect vulnerable workers by creating a level playing field for companies that follow the rules by:

Eliminating the $10,000 cap on the recovery of unpaid wages and increasing the period of recovery from six and 12 months to two years for employees. 

Making temporary help agencies and their clients liable for employment standards violations.

Prohibiting employers from charging fees and seizing personal documents like passports from temporary foreign workers.

Ontario is also boosting the number of enforcement officers in the province to ensure more workplaces are inspected and employees are protected.

“We are standing up for workers and increasing fairness for business with this bill,” said Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour. 

“It’s about taking action to protect the most vulnerable workers and level the playing field for employers because we know that these are the building blocks of stronger workplaces.”

Posted: Jan 2, 2014

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