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Ontario passes bill to protect interns and temps, ties minimum wage to inflation

posted on November 13, 2014

Ontario has approved legislation designed to extend protections to temporary workers and interns and to tie the minimum wage to inflation rates. Bill 18 will extend Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage to co-op students and unpaid interns; previously, these vulnerable workers did not have the same protections and rights to safety training that other workers had. The safety of interns and co-op students has been a growing concern of late, in response to the deaths of several young workers. In addition, Bill 18 will ensure that temporary workers hired through a placement agency are able to address issues both with their company and the agency, improve the process around wage theft claims for all workers, expand the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act to all migrant workers, and tie minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index for Ontario. Article written by the Toronto Star.