Temporary help agencies “create significant challenges” for the provincial worker compensation board and are more likely than other Ontario employers to break the law, according to an internal audit obtained by the Star.
The findings were the result of a “compliance intervention” strategy conducted by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board from 2013 to 2016, and were released to the Star under freedom of information laws. The audit found that temp agencies were significantly more likely to misreport their payroll to the board, and more likely not to pay mandatory insurance premiums.
Employers are required by law to report their payroll, which is then used by the compensation board to calculate how much employers owe in premium payments. These premiums are used to fund benefits paid to injured workers across the province.
While overall employer compliance in Ontario, according to WSIB audits, was 77 per cent, the audit found that only 38 per cent of temp agency employers followed suit.