A company and an employee were fined a total of $900 on Thursday after pleading guilty to work-permit related offenses.
Advanced Painting Ltd. was charged with employing Wesley Victor Hall without a work permit on various dates between July 28, 2010 and March 14, 2016. Hall was charged with failing to maintain a Working Operation Law permit during that same period.
Defense attorney John Furniss explained that Hall had applied for permanent residence and then failed to maintain the required permit while his application was being considered. The decision had gone against him and he was then faced with a deadline to leave.
The company owner, Edward Manderson Jr., assisted Hall with work during the time he was getting himself sorted out.
The attorney submitted that Mr. Manderson had recognized he had a responsibility to Hall and took it upon himself to continue to assist the man.
Mr. Furniss explained further that Mr. Manderson had been engaged in civil proceedings and so his attention was not with the company for the whole time.
He questioned whether the individual or the company should be charged and Crown counsel Stacy-Ann Kelly accepted that the defendant was the company.
Magistrate Grace Donalds imposed a fine of $600 on the company and $300 on the employee.
Ms. Kelly noted that Hall had been found to be overstaying from July 2010; this offense was admitted and dealt with administratively by way of fines.