Wednesday, January 20, 2016

78% of Businesses Found Not in Compliance with Law During Labour Blitz!

I wish I was more surprised at this.  The Ministry of Labour in Ontario during a recent blitz fined 78% of the businesses they inspected for employment standards violation.  This is the price of being reactive instead of proactive.  It is very difficult to run a business and to be aware of what it takes to be compliant.  That is why we created WPV.  The biggest problem with so many businesses is that they are reactive and not preventative.  Eventually it comes back to you.  The idea that 'we can't afford' prevention means you will be paying a larger price later for reaction.  That price does not only come in government fines during blitzes but also manifests itself in lawsuits and tribunal hearings.  This doesn't even account for the price in terms of hours, loss of productivity and stress in having to defend yourself and your business.  As the saying goes - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  People really don't think they are going to get caught.  The problem with that is that experience has shown that, over time, we all are held accountable.  Ignorance of the law is no excuse!

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