STS – Substantially the Same – and the Employer Black List

28th Apr 2011 Comments Off on STS – Substantially the Same – and the Employer Black List

In a previous post I wrote about how employers seeking to hire a temporary foreign worker will now have to pass the STS test.  This generated some interesting feedback, and I want to expand on the new test.

Substantially the Same, or STS, is an assessment of whether an employer has provided its other foreign workers wages, working conditions and employment in occupations that were substantially the same as those items set out in the employer’s job offer during the period beginning two years prior to an Application for a Labour Market Opinion or a Work Permit.

If there has been a failure to comply with a previous job offer term, employers will be given an opportunity to justify any discrepancies. Reasonable justifications include:

  • A change in federal/provincial/territorial law or a change to a collective agreement;
  • Changes the employer had to make in the workplace in response to a dramatic change in economic conditions that were not directed disproportionately at foreign workers;
  • An error made in good faith by the employer in interpreting obligations regarding wages, working conditions or occupation, and the employer has provided or made sufficient efforts to provide compensation to any foreign nationals that have suffered a disadvantage;
  • An administrative accounting error by the employer, and the employer has provided or made sufficient efforts to provide compensation to any foreign nationals that have suffered a disadvantage; or
  • Circumstances similar to those set out above.

Employers who have failed to meet their commitments as promised in past job offers, and who have failed to provide reasonable justification or to rectify the situation by providing appropriate compensation to the former employee may face:

  • The refusal of work permit applications for any foreign national offered a job by that employer;

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Changes To Temporary Foreign Worker Program

18th Aug 2010 Comments Off on Changes To Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Last updated on July 21st, 2018

On April 1, 2011, new regulatory changes came into effect that will significantly impact temporary foreign workers and the companies that want to hire them.  If you are an employer who currently employs or is interested in employing temporary foreign workers then you need to be aware of these changes.

The changes include:

  • Assessing the genuineness of a Temporary Foreign Worker;
  • Live-in-Caregiver Changes;
  • The Employer Blacklist;
  • Time limits for temporary foreign workers; and
  • Labour Market Opinion Changes.

Establishing a set of factors to guide the assessment of the genuineness of an employer’s offer of employment to a temporary foreign worker.

The changes introduce a new s. 200(5) of the Regulations, which reads:

Genuineness of job offer

(5) A determination of whether an offer of employment is genuine shall be based on the following factors:

(a) whether the offer is made by an employer, other than an employer of a live-in caregiver, that is actively engaged in the business in respect of which the offer is made;

(b) whether the offer is consistent with the reasonable employment needs of the employer;

(c) whether the terms of the offer are terms that the employer is reasonably able to fulfill; and

(d) the past compliance of the employer, or any person who recruited the foreign national for the employer, with the federal or provincial laws that regulate employment, or the recruiting of employees, in the province in which it is intended that the foreign national work.

Establishing certain employer-related requirements for live-in caregivers.

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