This is about as bad as it gets. A restaurant that already charges it's minimum wage servers 50 cents a shift for "washing their aprons and providing note pads and cash envelopes", trying to increase that charge to $2.00 per shift to claw back an increase in the minimum wage. I don't know why government's insist that this kind of stuff can be "legal" if the employees "agree to the deduction" - it should be illegal plain and simple, no exceptions.
Shouldn't things like this be part of the "cost of doing business"? Why not charge workers for the soap used to wash dishes? Or how about having the cooks pay for the dishes and cutlery? Unbelieveable.
Maybe people should go to the restaurant's web-site and send them your thoughts.
You know, there are far too many companies in the "restaurant and food industry" that are getting away with crap like this. Like charging minimum wage earners with "dine and dash" insurance, skimming off of the tips they receive, cheating workers out of pay by getting them to "work off the clock", and just basically breaking every labour standard in the book.
Stay tuned - I'm closely watching a case that is developing regarding a local restaurant ripping off it's workers in Regina, and once the details and facts get established in a bit more detail, I'm going to post that information on my blog.