Earlier today, the Ontario Minister of Labour announced that temporary help agencies and recruiters will soon need to be licensed and vetted by the province to operate.
New labour legislation which will be introduced in the legislature later today will, if passed, give workers “unprecedented protection and security,” according to Labour Minister Monte McNaughton.
The legislation includes a new licensing system, stricter penalties for rule-breakers and a specialized task force to identify exploitation. Key rules that already exist but are frequently not followed, include the requirement that temp agencies have WSIB for their workers, that they treat their workers as “employees” with all the attendant rights of employees as opposed to merely “independent contractors”, and that the temp agencies workers are provided with notice and information in relation to their assignments to temp agency clients.
PooranLaw will continue to monitor legal developments related to these new legislative developments. In the meantime, if you require legal assistance, we encourage you to reach out to your regular PooranLaw lawyer, or any member of our team.
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