The Star: Blacklisted Jungle Jim’s Challenges LMO Rules


ST JOHN’S, N.L. — The owners of Jungle Jim’s Restaurants and Greco Pizza have taken legal action against the federal government after it suspended the pair’s labour-market opinion (LMO) applications to hire temporary foreign workers in the wake of the new rules announced to the program, reports The Star.

Jeff and Miriam Staples, who own Jungle Jim’s Restaurants and Greco Pizza units in Atlantic Canada, have launched a constitutional challenge against Ottawa’s foreign worker rules, after three applications to hire 20 temporary foreign workers were suspended earlier this year, and their company names were published online. “Canadian employers need certainty to enable them to order their affairs. That their LMOs may be suspended based on what may be an ever-changing version of public policy considerations is unfair and leads to what the Supreme Court has termed a ‘standard-less sweep,’” their claim reads.

Last month, the Minister of Employment and Social Development announced new rules to the program, including a cap on low-wage temporary foreign workers, higher application fees and no longer allowing employers to apply for temporary foreign workers if the unemployment rate in their region is greater than six per cent. []

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