- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On May 17, 2017
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Matt Galloway had Gilleen on for an interview to share her perspective on proposed changes to Ontario employment legislation, specifically paid sick days.
Gilleen’s interview begins around 08:00.
She said that while small business in general is expensive and risky, it’s important to create a culture of respect for employees. Change is hard, but we can do it.
As a company we support proposals that increase minimum wage and provide benefits such as paid sick days to employees. We believe they deserve it and even if it’s hard for us to implement we will make it work.
Walk My Dog Toronto pays a living wage of just over $15/hour and gives all staff employee status which entitles them to vacation pay and paid statutory holidays off. We do not currently offer paid sick days, but are working towards it and welcome progressive changes for workers.
Gilleen embraced labour values while previously working for SEIU Healthcare, the union representing frontline healthcare workers. She believes that it is necessary to respect and reward employees and run a successful business because of it.