Today a press conference introduced MPP Peggy Stattler’s Bill 22, Employment Standards Amendment Act (Greater Protection for Interns and Vulnerable Workers), 2014.
The bill was first introduced by Davenport MPP Jonah Schein last March (details here), but unfortunately was not reelected in the most recent Ontario election. The Canadian Intern Association is very pleased that MPP Peggy Stattler has chosen to re-introduce the bill, which would:
- Grant unpaid interns more protections under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, such as regular work day, eating periods, and holidays
- Require employers to provide written notice to the Ontario government when they take on unpaid interns. This would assist the Ministry of Labour with data collection and enforcement.
- Create a complaint system that allows complaints to be submitted by third parties and interns anonymously
- Require employers to post a poster with information about intern’s rights in Ontario in the workplace prepared by the Ministry of Labour
Peggy Stattler is the MPP for London West and NDP Critic for Training, Colleges & Universities and Research & Innovation. Also in attendance at the press conference is Andrew Langille (www.youthandwork.ca) and Joshua Mandryk (www.payyourinterns.ca).
Watch the full press conference here: