Ontario introduced the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act to protect vulnerable workers while creating a level playing field for companies that follow the rules. Highlights:
- Eliminates the $10,000 cap on the recovery of unpaid wages and increases the period of recovery from six and 12 months to two years for employees.
- Makes temporary help agencies and their clients liable for employment standards violations, helping to decrease the number of companies that hire individuals solely to work in unsafe conditions.
- Bars employers from charging fees and seizing personal documents such as passports from temporary foreign workers.