Employer pleads not guilty to insurance charges

Trial date set for Feb. 23

Burns Conolly and Burns Conolly Group Ltd. have been charged with the same set of offenses relating to health insurance for one employee. 

Mr. Conolly pleaded not guilty on behalf of the firm and himself, in Summary Court on Tuesday. 

The first charge is failing to effect and continue a policy of health insurance for a named employee between April 1, 2013 and Feb. 28, 2014. 

The second charge is unlawfully deducting a total of $714.42 from the employee’s pay, not having paid any health insurance premiums in respect of the employee during that period. 

Magistrate Valdis Foldats set Feb. 23 as the trial date. 

Defense attorney Charmaine Richter advised that she wanted to make submissions on a legal point. 

The magistrate suggested that she let the Crown know the basis of her submissions in writing and a date can be set later for any argument.