Cheaters restaurant and its director once again found guilty of violating the Act respecting labour standards



    QUEBEC CITY, March 10 /CNW Telbec/ - After having been found guilty a
first time on September 13, 2007 for having refused to provide the register of
wages of their employees, Cheaters restaurant and its director Nikolaos
Giannokopoulos were convicted on February 27, 2008 of a repeat offence. For
this second violation, they will have to pay a total fine of $3,020. The
business located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and its owner were also ordered to
pay $1,700 for having a child perform work at night, namely between 11 p.m.
and 6 a.m.
    However, these were not the only convictions handed down on February 27,
2008. Francine Merineau who heads the web site Mangez-bien.com, Hovhannessian
Zevart who is the director of the Laval-based business Qualité H active in the
clothing sector, Ordinateurs en gros Westmount and its director Mark Philip
Perreira, as well as the Montréal-based restaurant Wilson Bar Grill and its
director Aicha Cassar were all ordered to pay fines varying between $610 and
$850 for having refused to provide the register of wages.
    In refusing to provide the register of wages of their employees, a
requirement that the Act respecting labour standards imposes on all employers,
these enterprises are impeding the work of the Commission des normes du
travail which does not have the means to check if those employees having filed
a complaint have indeed received all of the sums to which they are entitled.
Employers must keep for a three-year period a registration system or a
register, which notably includes the number of hours worked per day and per
week for each employee.

    The Commission des normes du travail oversees compliance with the Act

    "The Commission favours prevention along with employer and employee
awareness promotion, actions which have borne fruit since the majority of
employers comply with the Act. However, the Commission must take more coercive
measures against a minority of employers who violate the Act and who engage in
unfair competition. The actions seek to better protect employees and to
encourage employers to comply with the regulations in effect," stated Mr.
Michel Després, Chairperson and Director General.

    The list of employers convicted of offences is now available

    Do you want to know if an employer has been found guilty following penal
proceedings? Consult the website of the Commission des normes du travail at
www.cnt.gouv.qc.ca/contrevenants.

    About the Commission des normes du travail

    The Commission informs employees, employers and the general public about
the rights and obligations stipulated in the Act respecting labour standards.
It receives complaints from employees and endeavours to help employers and
employees come to an agreement concerning their differences regarding the
application of the Act and its regulations.
    To receive Commission news free of charge by e-mail, subscribe to
Cyberinfo CNT at cnt.gouv.qc.ca/cyberinfo.
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For further information:

For further information: Jean-François Pelchat, Direction des
communications, (418) 525-2164, jean-francois.pelchat@cnt.gouv.qc.ca

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