First Reference company logo

First Reference Talks

News and Discussions on Payroll, HR & Employment Law

decorative image

young and new workers

The legality of unpaid internships in Ontario

young people holding up letters to spell "internships"

We’re pleased to present lawyer Andrew Langille of Youth and Work on what the law in Ontario says about unpaid internships. Here, Andrew focuses on the impact of unpaid internships on interns themselves, but organizations and businesses that use or hope to use unpaid interns must pay attention. It is crucial to know whether your intern is legally an intern (and therefore not subject to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act), or actually an employee. And the answer might surprise you.


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

OHS compliance orders issued against metal company where employee crushed his arm

I recently read an article about how the Nova Scotia Department of Labour issued seven compliance orders against a metal works company in the province after a 24-year-old worker was seriously hurt.


, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Can I wear my flip-flops to the worksite?

Self-employment runs in my family. My sister’s 17-year-old is spending her summer days working in the family cabinet-making business. She reluctantly changed into more suitable footwear before heading out the door this morning.


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Young and new workers focus of four-month enforcement blitz

The Ministry of Labour has announced that the safety of young and new workers will be the focus of a four-month enforcement health and safety blitz across Ontario beginning in May 2010. According to the government, young and new workers in Ontario are four times more likely to be injured during the first month of employment than at any other time.


, , , , , , ,