Fines for dodgy employment practices

Employment standards officers in Canada’s Ontario province are issuing
tickets to employers for violations such as failing to pay wages or give
holiday time.

Provincial officers now have the authority to ticket companies that do not meet
the terms of the Employment Standards Act 2000. Employers can pay a set fine of
C$300 (£122) or challenge the punishment in the courts.

Most contraventions do not involve problematic legal issues, and fall into
three categories: administrative offences (not keeping appropriate records);
contraventions of wage-based standards (not paying overtime); and
contraventions of non wage-based standards (refusing to provide holiday

Monies collected will go to the municipality in which the offence took
place, and a surcharge on each fine will go to a provincial Victims’ Justice

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