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WATCH: NDP wants to crack down on unpaid internships

MPP says current laws need to be improved and enforced

The provincial NDP says internship laws in Ontario don't go far enough and the rules that are there aren't enforced much.

MPP Peggy Sattler made the comments as she pointed out changes to internship laws died on the floor of the legislature when the election was called this spring.

Sattler says unpaid interns and students need greater protections in the workplace and should be allowed to refuse work they aren't compensated for.

She says enforcement of laws that are there shouldn't have just started recently.

Sattler has tabled a private member's bill that would require the Ministry of Labour to establish an anonymous, third-party complaint system to collect data on unpaid internships and to create an interns’ bill of rights poster that employers would be required to post in the workplace.

Labour lawyer Andrew Langille says 10 years ago unpaid internships were uncommon but now some people are doing multiple ones before they land a job.

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  1. Never Trust A Dipper posted on 07/23/2014 05:26 PM
    How about they focus on something important, like how their precious labour unions can commit flat-out extortion and never face any legal consequences?
  2. Never Trust A Dipper posted on 07/23/2014 05:26 PM
    How about they focus on something important, like how their precious labour unions can commit flat-out extortion and never face any legal consequences?
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