In an effort to support the reintroduction of Bill 12: Jayesh-Rashidi Law, ICC is requesting its membership to sign the following petition.
Following the meeting of ICC representatives with Mr. Mike Colle, the MPP from Eglinton-Lawrence, to discuss Maryam Rashidi’s death and advocate the need for increased safety measures for gas station workers in Ontario and Alberta, Mr. Colle has kindly agreed to re-introduce a Bill that proposes greater protections for gas station workers, patrons and operators.
In an effort to support the reintroduction of this Bill, ICC is requesting its membership to sign the following petition.
Jayesh-Rashidi Law proposes greater protections for gas station workers, patrons and operators. The bill was first introduced in September, 2012 in the wake of the death of Jayesh Prajapati, a gas station worker who was struck and dragged to his death by a driver who filled up $112 worth of gas and fled without paying.
If passed, the legislation would:
- Require pre-payment for gasoline before pumping
- Pay before you pump would be required 24 hours across Ontario
- The bill includes a provision for municipalities to opt out of pre-payment.
- Impose severe penalties on gas station employers who force attendants to pay for ‘gas-and-dash’ thefts out of their wages
- Call for the suspension of drivers’ licenses for individuals convicted of gas theft a. First conviction results in 1 year license suspension; Second conviction results in 3 year suspension; Third conviction results in indefinite license suspension.
- Require gas station employers to provide worker safety training
- Fines increase to $75,000 for an individual; $200,000 for a corporation; $500,000 for an individual with a previous conviction; $1,000,000 for a corporation with a previous conviction.
- Aside from ‘wage clawbacks’, employers would be prohibited from reducing an employee’s hours of work, or denying benefits and vacation pay in the event of gas theft.