Canada’s series of labour law changes on the cusp of prohibiting the practice of unpaid restaurant trial shifts !
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Canada’s series of labour law changes are on the cusp of prohibiting the practice of unpaid restaurant trial shifts!
The proposed amendments are the latest in a series of labour law changes in legislation tabled recently by Labour Minister David Piccini.
The Ontario government is introducing legislation that, if passed, would put in place ground-breaking protections for more than 400,000 people in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The Working for Workers Four Act, 2023, includes updates to the province’s Employment Standards Act, which would ban unpaid trial shifts and make clear that employers can never deduct an employee’s wages in the event of a dine and dash, gas and dash, or any other stolen property.
“It is unacceptable that any worker in our province should have their wages deducted or see themselves put in harm’s way because of someone else’s criminal activity,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government is continuing to stand up for those in Ontario’s service industry to ensure workers keep their hard-earned money.”
Studies have shown as many as one in 20 diners has left a restaurant without paying, while gas thefts cost Ontario businesses over $3 million in 2022. While Ontario’s laws generally require employees to be paid for all hours worked and prohibit pay deductions, unpaid trial shifts and punitive deductions are still common in the restaurant and service industries.
Also included in the Working for Workers Four Act, 2023, are proposed changes to promote salary transparency and privacy in the workplace, increase benefits for injured workers and firefighters and support newcomers.
These changes are part of a larger package that, if passed, would expand on the ground-breaking actions in the Working for Workers Acts, 2021, 2022 and 2023, which are already helping millions of people in the province earn bigger pay cheques and newcomers contribute to building Ontario.
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