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Repeat Violators / Zero Tolerance Blitz

  • Issued: September 1, 2016
  • Content last reviewed: September 2016

Ontario is helping to protect vulnerable workers with an employment standards blitz this fall.

From September 1 to October 31, 2016, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development employment standards officers will conduct a blitz focusing on repeat violators and taking a zero tolerance approach.

Repeat violations are one indicator of intentional or wilful non-compliance. Focusing on repeat violators provides the ministry with an opportunity to reinforce employer obligations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) in workplaces by placing an emphasis on employers who have a history of non-compliance with the ESA.

Blitz Focus

During the blitz, employment standards officers will focus primarily on sectors where there is a high rate of precarious employment including professional services, building services, amusement and recreation industries, personal care services and other sectors with repeat violators. The officers will check that employers are complying with core standards of the ESA, such as:

  • record-keeping
  • wage statements
  • hours of work
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • vacation with pay
  • minimum wage
  • public holidays
  • unauthorized deductions
  • poster requirements

The ministry is committed to protecting vulnerable workers by ensuring they receive their entitlements under the ESA.

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