Driver Inc. enforcement to expand

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Canada’s Labour Program has acknowledged that the Driver Inc. enterprise model – which entails misclassifying workers as impartial contractors – is “widespread”. And it’s making ready to broaden associated enforcement initiatives.

Very like a latest pilot challenge in Ontario, the nationwide technique will contain outreach to advertise good employment practices, enhance proactive inspections, and proceed enforcement actions with non-compliant carriers.

Carriers misclassify truck drivers as impartial contractors to keep away from or bypass labor legal guidelines. The top consequence denies workers entry to issues like trip pay, extra time, and termination rights beneath the Canada Labour Code, stated the bulletin distributed by provincial trucking associations.

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“Employers who don’t correctly classify their workers could also be topic to numerous enforcement measures, reminiscent of cost orders for any wages and different quantities owed to workers,” Employment and Social Improvement Canada added.

“Moreover, they might be discovered to have deliberately misclassified workers and be topic to additional enforcement measures, reminiscent of compliance orders, administrative financial penalties, and prosecution.”

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