‘Tis the Season for Young Workers

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New and young workers make up a large segment of the workforce, especially during summer months. The experts at Seton created a list of facts and tips which will help you communicate effectively with them, and comply with related regulations.

  • Ontario’s Ministry of Labour remains focused on the safety of new and young workers during a four-month enforcement blitz of industrial sector workplaces that ends in August. Inspectors will ensure that employers comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and specifically that new and young workers: are being instructed, trained and supervised on the job; meet minimum age requirements; and are following required safety measures and procedures to prevent injuries.
  • As of June 1st, 2014, Ontario increased the minimum wage to $11/hour, and the student minimum wage to $10.30/hour
  • The best way to obtain age information is via written application
  • In many cases, an unpaid internship will be contrary to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA), and could have legal and financial implications
  • Higher costs may be incurred if an approved student intern is injured on the job
  • Ontario’s Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) reports that new and young workers (ages 15 – 24) are four times more likely to be injured during the first month of employment than at any other time
  • Training, information, instruction and supervision are paramount when it comes to young workers, as they are often unfamiliar with their surroundings, afraid to ask questions, and more inclined to take risks
  • Proper display of safety procedures and WHMIS labeling of hazardous products will help young employees understand the importance of workplace safety and feel comfortable speaking about the subject

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