"Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi is expected to announce new labour legislation Wednesday [December 4, 2013] to protect so-called “precarious” workers in Ontario…"
"Under the proposed legislation, companies that hire temporary agencies would be liable for unpaid wages, severance pay and other Employment Standards Act violations suffered by temporary agency workers."
"The labour law reforms are also expected to expand workers’ ability to claim unpaid wages, ban recruitment fees for all migrant workers and extend workplace health and safety protection for unpaid interns, sources familiar with the legislation told the Star.”
"Many of Naqvi’s proposed changes were recommended in a sweeping report on precarious employment released last summer by the Ontario Law Reform Commission.”
"According to a groundbreaking study released last February, by McMaster University and United Way Toronto, a staggering 50 per cent of Ontario workers at all income levels are engaged in precarious work — which is described as temporary, with no benefits and often low-paying.”
The Toronto Star, December 4, 2013: “New Ontario law would protect ‘precarious’ workers,” by Laurie Monsebraaten and Zoe McKnight
McMaster University & United Way, February 2013: “It’s More than Poverty: Employment Precarity and Household Well-being” (120 pages, PDF)
Law Commission of Ontario, December 2012: “Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work” (175 pages, PDF)