Fourniture pour marchands international found guilty of violating the Act respecting labour standards

    QUEBEC, Feb. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - A Montréal-based firm specializing in the
sale of office supplies, which operates under the names of Fourniture pour
marchands international, Import-Export Smartdevices (2007), Marchands des
produits préférés, MSI - Merchant Supplies International, Preferred Merchant
Supplies and Smartdevices Import-Export (2007), was ordered to pay an $850
fine for having refused to provide the register of wages of its employees.
    In refusing to provide the register of wages of its employees, a
requirement which the Act respecting labour standards imposes on all
employers, the enterprise is 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

    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.

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For further information:

For further information: Jean-François Pelchat, Direction des
communications, (418) 525-2164,

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