On Saturday, July 28, 2007 the Regina Leader Post ran a story entitled: Post-secondary students entitled to call-out pay. The story reports on a recent decision by Labour Standards Adjudicator, Maureen Dumonceaux upholding claims against Regina restaurant Poverino's Pasta Grill for unpaid wages.
The article focused on the part of the adjudicators decision that states the minimum 3 hour call-out section of the minimum wage provisions of the Saskatchewan Labour Standards Act must apply to post-secondary students. In other words, post-secondardy students, who are workers, must receive at least the equivalent of 3 hours pay at minimum wage each time they are called out (or scheduled and attend/report) to work. Just like all other Saskatchewan workers.
You can read the entire decision by clicking here. There was an additional decision issued at the same time which you can view a copy of by clicking here.
What wasn't focused on in the article is the fact that Poverino's has been ordered to pay, in total, more than $62,000.00 in unpaid wages to some 135 workers who have been cheated out of pay they earned and pay they were entitled to when Poverino's closed it's doors in late 2006.
There have been two wage assessments filed against Poverino's:
1. The first one dated January 4, 2007 (click here to view) and is in the amount of $19,156.33.
2. The second one dated February 16, 2007 (click here to view) which replaces the first one and is in the amount of $62,205.80.
You will notice in the first assessment, that on Schedule "A" Page 3 of 4 - there were two claims which were subsequently withdrawn. One by Kirby Onishenko in the amount of $2,572.12 and the other by Lori Onishenko in the amount of $2,171.71. Curious???
You will see from documents obtained from the Corporate Registry of the Saskatchewan Corporations Branch (view here) that Kirby Onishenko was/is listed as a significant shareholder of numbered company 626385 Saskatchewan Ltd. owning and operating under the trade name of Poverino's Pasta Grill.
A further connection between Numbered Company 626385 and Poverino's Pasta Grill (in Regina) is verified by viewing this cheque issued from Poverinos. You will notice from the cheque that the address of the Regina Poverinos is 2635 E Star Lite St. I wonder whose signature is on the cheque?
It was interesting then to read that a "New" restaurant namely "The Black Pepper Italian Eatery and Piano Bar", reportedly owned by Onishenko, is having problems recruiting workers.
The Thursday, August 8, 2007 edition of the Regina Leader-Post ran a story entitled: Bonuses lure line cooks, reporting that Onishenko is offering bonuses of up to $1,000.00 to lure cooks to his "new" business. For the record - the "new" Black Pepper is operating out of the exact same location as the "old" Poverino's Pasta Grill - i.e - 2635 E Star Lite St., Regina, SK.
Coincidence? You tell me.
Perhaps the main stream media should do a bit more "investigative reporting".