September 18, 2014

Canada: Alberta’s Government Launches Database of Companies Who Owe Employees Money

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From The Calgary Herald:

Alberta bosses who don’t pay their employees will have their names posted online for all to see, the province announced Tuesday.

Human Services Minister Dave Hancock said roughly 1,700 employers owe 3,500 Alberta workers more than $14 million in unpaid earnings. Their names are now listed in a searchable online database.

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Richard Truscott of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said he supports the move as long as the government’s information is accurate and efforts to educate business owners continue.

“If they have it wrong, there could be significant damage to a business owner’s reputation that is completely undeserved,” Truscott said. “But as long as those businesses have been given reasonable opportunities to appeal . . . then there doesn’t seem to be anything too offside here.”

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