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To strengthen the enforcement of the Fair Work Places and Better jobs Act, the Director of Employment Standards will be given new powers to publish information on Employers who are not in compliance with the Employment Standards Act, set interest rates to unpaid wages and unlawfully charged fees to employees, and to increase the maximum administrative monetary penalties to non-compliance employers. The Director of Employment Standards can also authorize a collector to issue warrants, place liens on real and personal property and to hold a security while a payment plan is underway.
To facilitate the establishment of new unions, the government will make changes to the Labour Relations Act on union certifications. The more relevant changes are as follows:
1) Allow unions to access employee lists and certain contact information, provided the union can demonstrate that it has already achieved the support of 20 per cent of employees involved.
2) Expressly empower the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to conduct votes outside the workplace, including electronically and by telephone.
3) Empower the OLRB to authorize Labour Relations Officers to give directions relating to the voting process and voting arrangements in order to help assure the neutrality of the voting process.
4) The proposals increase maximum fines under the Labour Relations Act to $5,000 for individuals and $100,000 for organizations (from the current $2,000 for individuals and $25,000 for organizations).
The province plans to hire up to 175 more employment standards officers and launch a program to educate both employees and small and medium-sized businesses about their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act. The government feels that education will help employers understand their obligations.
Once the new employment standards officers are hired by 2020-2021, the Employment Standards program will resolve all claims filed within 90 days and inspect 1 in 10 Ontario workplaces. Additionally, the program will provide compliance assistance to new employers specifically focusing on medium and small business. This will help good employers understand their obligations. Enforcement will focus on employers who compete unfairly by breaking the law, and will level the playing field for the majority of employers that follow the rules.
We can see that these “new” officers will cost the taxpayers up to ten million dollars just to get off the ground in the first year. Needless to say, all of these union workers and supervisors will make way more than the $15 minimum wage per hour.
The “consulting” meetings on the proposed legislation are now completed and a report controlled by the Liberals within the touring committee will be issued. The opposition party (Progressive Conservatives) already took their stand and stated earlier: “too much (of an increase) and (at a pace) too quick”. They do not provide concrete counter proposals.
On the other hand, the New Democratic Party says that this new legislation “falls far short of what is needed”! They proposed the following changes on August 10, 2017 :
1) Five paid sick or emergency days for all workers (instead of 2).
2) Three weeks of paid vacation after first year of employment (instead of 2 weeks)
3) Ending exemptions that allow some worker categories to be paid less than minimum wages (students and liquor servers).
4) Making it harder for employers to label long-time workers “contractors” instead of employees.
This legislation is catered to those making minimum wages and others who are making less than $15 an hour. The government hopes to pick up their votes with those monetary and job security incentives. The employers cannot simply adapt to the 32% of increase in wage over just 18 months. Many employers will go bankrupt while others will cut back on staff or move their operations out of the province.
这是执政的自由党为了赢得大选而窃取了新民主党的政策。选民在自由党的诱饵前应该先想想一个古老的谚语 - “三思而后行”。
This is yet another election ploy stolen from the NDP by the governing Liberal Party. Before voters jump on the bandwagon, they should first think about an ancient proverb - “Look before you leap”.
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