Canada’s Labour Program has acknowledged that the Driver Inc. enterprise mannequin – which entails misclassifying workers as impartial contractors – is “widespread”. And it’s making ready to increase associated enforcement initiatives.
Very like a latest pilot mission in Ontario, the nationwide technique will contain outreach to advertise good employment practices, enhance proactive inspections, and proceed enforcement actions with non-compliant carriers.
Carriers misclassify truck drivers as impartial contractors to keep away from or bypass labor legal guidelines. The top end result denies workers entry to issues like trip pay, extra time, and termination rights underneath the Canada Labour Code, mentioned the bulletin distributed by provincial trucking associations.
“Employers who don’t correctly classify their workers could also be topic to varied enforcement measures, comparable to cost orders for any wages and different quantities owed to workers,” Employment and Social Growth Canada added.
“Moreover, they could be discovered to have deliberately misclassified workers and be topic to additional enforcement measures, comparable to compliance orders, administrative financial penalties, and prosecution.”