PROVINCE CRACKS DOWN ON WORKPLACES ABUSING INTERNS

Apr 29, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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The province says it recovered nearly $140,000 in wages owed to interns – after a blitz at workplaces across Ontario.

The Ministry of Labour says – between September and December last year –  employment standards officers investigated 123 workplaces believed to have internship programs.

And out of 77 workplaces that had interns, almost a quarter didn’t meet the requirements under the Employment Standards Act – and they also found more than 50 per cent had intern programs that were exempt from the act.

The act states that there are limited circumstances where a person can work as an unpaid intern – such as under school co-op work experience programs done for credits.

Labour Minister Kevin Flynn says it’s imperative that employers know their obligations to interns – and are following the rules.

The ministry says its blitz found $140,630 in wages owed to interns – of which $138,731 has been recovered.

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