Late last week the Ontario Ministry of Labour posted the outcome of its recent blitz focused on temporary foreign workers and young workers. For the purpose of the blitz, workers under 25 were classified as “young workers.” Both categories of workers are considered to be vulnerable by the Ministry of Labour.
The stated goal of the blitz was to educate employers and promote compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ESA) in sectors that frequently employ these types of workers, with a particular focus on the food services, retail trade and construction industries. The Ministry conducted inspections of 273 workplaces associated with young workers and 70 workplaces associates with temporary foreign workers. Some notable results were as follows:
As always, news like this is a good reminder for Ontario employers to review their policies and records to ensure that they are up to date with the requirements of the ESA. This is particularly true now that there is a requirement for employers to conduct self-audits for compliance with the ESA.
The Ministry is still in the process of conducting a “Repeat Violators” blitz, which is scheduled to conclude at the end of October. We will keep you updated on the results of that blitz and any takeaways for Ontario employers.