A Tim Hortons franchise owned by the children of its founder are now asking employees to sign a letter acknowledging their benefits are about to end.
CBC initially reported on the letter on Wednesday, which is being sent to all employees of the Cobourg, Ontario franchise. The letter states that as of 2018, when a higher minimum wage is taking effect in the Canadian province, that employees’ paid breaks will come to an end, along with the practice of providing workers with incentives for working on their birthday and for working six months without taking a day off.
Additionally, employees of the franchise who have more than five years with the company will now have to pay for 50 percent of the cost of their employee benefits, while employees with six months to five years of service will have to pay for 75 percent of the cost. Prior to the new policy, the company paid for 100 percent of employe benefits for workers who had more than five years’ experience.
“Any employee may cancel their benefits if they wish. Please let us know as soon as possible,” the letter reads. “We apologize for these changes.”
Ontario’s new minimum wage increase phases in over a two-year period, with all workers getting $14 an hour starting on January 1, 2018. The wage will increase to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019. According to CBC, the owners of the franchise are Jeri-Lyn Horton-Joyce and Ron Joyce Jr., who are married. Joyce Jr. is the son of Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce, who has a net worth of $1.4 billion.
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