We believe that many of the workplace challenges Government is seeking to address can be solved by improving employer and employee awareness of workplace rights and subsequently enforcing, with greater regularity, violations of those rights. Like government and labour groups, the vast majority of employers recognize the social and economic value of creating fair workplaces that employees look forward to being part of. Those businesses that are not complying with Ontario's labour laws should face serious consequences. But there is little value in increasing the administrative burden of businesses that are and remain committed to being fully compliant with labour standards.
Recommendation 1: The Government should increase its investment in workplace rights education and regulatory enforcement to ensure that existing labour laws are being appropriately followed and that violators are being held to account.