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COMPANY FINED $70,000 FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH WORKPLACE VIOLENCE STANDARDS

A GTA-based security guard company has been handed a $70,000 fine for failing to comply with the legislated Workplace Violence & Harassment standards.

 

In this case, the company was issued 10 compliance orders and failed to address them, as required.  Even after MOL follow-ups both in-person and by phone, 7 orders were ignored.  On February 6, 2017, Justice of the Peace Gerald Ryan agreed that the company had failed to comply with orders issued by a Ministry of Labour inspector and fined the company $10,000 for each count of non-compliance, totaling $70,000. The hearing was conducted "ex parte." An ex parte decision is one decided by a judge without requiring all of the parties to the dispute to be present.

 

The lesson here is "legislative compliance."  No company, no sector is exempt.  All companies must abide by mandatory Legislation and Regulations.  Particularly, when they have been issued compliance orders.  This type of inaction is bad for business and can significantly affect a company's reputation and ability to successfully compete in the RFP process.

 

Source: Government of Ontario

 

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