Pet stores, firm director fined for not paying wages to workers

Two numbered companies, 2330653 Ontario Inc. and 2062730 Ontario Inc., both operating as Paws & Claws, and company director Corey Samuel have been fined a total of $65,000 for failing to comply with orders to pay workers and failing to produce records as required by an employment standards officer.Fine

All defendants pleaded guilty to failing to comply with orders to pay wages totaling approximately $19,000. The amounts to pay varied from $163.96 to $2,789.12.

The defendant 2330653 Ontario Inc. also pleaded guilty to charges of failing to comply with demands to produce records and was fined $15,000 for these offences.

The companies provided pet food and pet services such as grooming. The orders to pay related to 18 claimants. Before pleading guilty, the defendants made payments in the approximate amount of the orders.

The defendants were convicted under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 for failing to comply with orders to pay. The defendant 2330653 Ontario Inc. was also convicted of failing to comply with demands to produce records.

2330653 Ontario Inc. was fined a total of $30,000, 2062730 Ontario Inc. was fined a total of $20,000, and director Corey Samuel was fined a total of $15,000.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Karen Drescher in Toronto court on May 31, 2016.

In 2007, a Toronto-based company operating as Paws & Claws Pet Nutrition Center in Windsor, and company director Corey Samuel were fined $8,000 and $4,000 respectively in provincial court for failing to pay wages, public holiday and vacation pay.

In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime. – CINEWS

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