Employer jailed for not complying with wage order

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The Ontario Court of Justice has sentenced Brian John Villeneuve to one day in jail for failing to comply with orders to pay wages. The court also ordered that Villeneuve, for a one-year period, not start a business that employs workers.

Villeneuve operated an embroidery business that supplied sports paraphernalia.

The Ministry of Labour received claims from seven employees for unpaid wages and termination pay. An employment standards officer investigated the claims and found that the employees were owed a total amount of $ 31,271.67, and issued seven orders to pay. The orders were not paid in full.

After a trial, the court convicted Villeneuve of seven counts of failing to comply with the ministry’s orders. In addition to the jail term and one-year probation order, the court ordered Villeneuve to pay the wages owing to the employees.

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The sentence was imposed by Justice of the Peace Cornelia Mews in Newmarket on August 11, 2016.

A person who contravenes Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) or its regulations, or fails to comply with an order under the act, is guilty of an offence. An individual convicted under the ESA may be fined up to $50,000 or imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both. A corporation can be fined up to $100,000 for a first conviction, $250,000 for a second conviction, and $500,000 for a third or more convictions. – CINEWS

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