stdClass Object ( [id] => 12452 [post_date] => 2013-06-13 11:57:56 [post_content] => Government inspectors will soon be able to enter workplaces unannounced to make sure employers approved to hire temporary foreign workers aren’t abusing their staff or committing fraud. Canada ImmigrationOfficials from Citizenship and Immigration and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which jointly oversee the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, will also be able to assess whether foreign workers are doing the work the employer said they’d be doing, that they’re being paid the promised wages, and that they’re complying with provincial employment and recruitment laws. During these visits, they’ll be authorized to question employers and any employees, request documents and ask that they be photocopied. According to the regulations posted days ago in the Canada Gazette, officials will only have to obtain a warrant to enter a premises without the occupant’s consent if the workplace is a private home. They’ll also be able to conduct inspections at any time during and up to six years after the employment of a temporary foreign worker. “These reforms strengthen compliance and oversight to ensure that the program is being used as intended,” said Jan O’Driscoll, a spokesman for Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. “Inspections will be conducted when necessary at businesses using temporary foreign workers — in fact, employers sign off on this when applying for a (labour market opinion.)” According to the proposal, there are currently “significant limitations” when it comes to verifying employer compliance which makes it difficult to “address complaints against employers in a timely manner” and “adequately monitor employers after the temporary foreign workers are employed.” NDP labour critic Alexandre Boulerice, however, said it’s clear the government has “lost total control” of the program, which has come under intense fire in recent months. “They’re going to send quasi-police officers to work sites to verify if people are supposed to be there or not,” he said, adding what it suggests is that the government didn’t do its due diligence when it issued the permits. The program is the subject of an ongoing review. Scrutiny intensified after it came to light that a B.C. company hired Mandarin-speaking Chinese miners instead of Canadians, and group of Royal Bank of Canada employees found themselves training foreigners to replace them after their jobs were outsourced to foreign workers by a contractor. The government recently dropped a 15 per cent wage differential for foreign workers and shelved a fast-track program for work permits in response to public outcry, a move that angered many businesses that rely on foreign labour. Source: [post_title] => Employers that hire foreign workers could soon face random inspections [comment_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => [post_modified] => 0000-00-00 00:00:00 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_image] => [comment_count] => 0 [category] => 3641 [source] => 91 [meta_title] => [meta_description] => [meta_keyword] => [post_by] => Author [country] => 0 [status] => 1 [pretty_url] => employers-that-hire-foreign-workers-could-soon-face-random-inspections [editeddate] => 0000-00-00 [editedby] => [reviewstatus] => [rejectiontype] => [rejectreason] => [post_category] => 3641,3650,3652,3653,3657,3810 [post_tags] => 30888,30904,31007,31107,32360 [plagiarisem_count] => 0 [cnt_image] => [post_dateadded] => 2013-06-13 11:57:56 [addedby] => 12 [inactive_reason] => [source_ref_id] => 4185 [p_url] => employers-that-hire-foreign-workers-could-soon-face-random-inspections [c_url] => canada )