Wage increase could mean job losses…

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The province’s new workplace legislation could produce the opposite effect it was created for, according to one York Region business.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced minimum wage will be bumped to $15 per hour in 2019 from the current $11.40 and paid vacation will increase. As well, claiming sick days will be easier, there will be pay equality for casual and seasonal employees compared with full-time employees, new scheduling rules and modified union certification.

Pefferlaw and Newmarket-based Buchner Manufacturing has crunched the numbers and the changes will cost the company an additional $200,000 a year.

“This is going to mean more use of precarious employment,” Buchner executive assistant MJ Williams said. “These changes are something we can’t ignore and it’s going to be a hard pill to swallow.”



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