PROVINCE STEPPING UP ENFORCEMENT OF LAW IN WAKE OF TIM HORTONS ALLEGATIONS

Jan 08, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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Saying it’s completely unacceptable businesses respond to new higher minimum wage by clawing back employee perks or benefits, the government says it’s stepping up enforcement.
While Labour Minister Kevin Flynn is talking businesses in general, he clearly is commenting on moves reportedly taken by some Tim Hortons franchises in Ontario.
”It’s up now I think to the individual franchisees to step to the fore on this.  Tim Hortons, they’re an iconic brand, their reputation’s so important to them, why some people (franchisees) would choose to go this route, I don’t know.  All I can tell you  though is, as the minister of labour, I won’t stand for it.”
Flynn adds the government is increasing enforcement of the changes in the law that came into effect January 1 and is ”very willing” to publish the names of employers who break it.
The minister says there’s been a 30% increase in calls to the ministry’s dedicated line for questions or complaints about potential violations.
It typically receives about 1,500 calls-a-month.
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