Apr 29, 2016
By Michael Kramer
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.