An Ontario Private Member's Bill, introduced on September
20, 2012, seeks to protect gas station attendant's safety and
The Bill, introduced by Liberal MPP Mike Colle, is in response
to the tragic death of gas station attendant Jayesh Prajapati whom
police say died trying to stop a vehicle from leaving the gas
station without paying for fuel. According to a CBC report,
Mr. Colle lives in the area where the gas station is located and
knew the victim.
The Bill would amend the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety
Act to require that the employer of a gas station attendant ensure
that customers "provide a credit card, debit card, cash or
other method of payment" before pumping their gas. It
would also give the government power to make a regulation requiring
specific safety training for gas station attendants.
The Bill would also amend the Employment Standards Act to
prohibit employers from penalizing gas station attendants
– such as by docking their wages – where fuel
is stolen on their shift. Surprisingly, the Bill would impose
fines of up to $1 million for repeat violators of the anti-docking
law, which is double the maximum fine for other violations of the
Employment Standards Act.
The Bill received first reading on September 20th. Stay
tuned for further developments.
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