Ontario Proposes Tougher Penalties for Employer Violations

Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 is set to undergo changes with significantly increased fines targeting employers who violate the law.

On May 6, Ontario tabled an extensive omnibus bill taking aim at organizations that exploit employees, doubling the maximum fine from $50,000 to $100,000. In addition, Ministry of Labour investigators can now impose fines of $5,000 for repeat offenders, which is $4,000 more than the previous amount. Fines may also increase depending on the number of workers affected by the violation.

These increased fines are intended to punish “bad actor” employers who penalize workers for taking parental leave, don’t pay minimum termination pay and don’t provide equal pay for equal work, CBC reports. Ontario Labour Minister David Piccini says it sends a “clear message” that workers deserve protection as the province’s economy grows.

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