The Ontario government is launching a retail employment standards inspection blitz this fall to protect the rights of retail workers and promote fairness in the workplace.
Between October and December 2013, Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit retailers such as grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores and shopping malls to ensure workplace rights (public holiday pay, overtime pay, hours of work, and vacation pay) are being protected.
With an additional investment of $3 million this year, the Ontario government is able to double the number of inspectors to make visits and double the number of businesses that will be inspected. The aim of the inspections is to focus on sectors that employ vulnerable workers, have a prior history of employment standards violations and represent a significant part of the workforce in Ontario.
Since 2004, more than $100 million in wages and other monies owed to employees have been recovered through inspections, claims and collections.
For more details, visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour.