No easy answers for employers facing major minimum wage hikesTim Hortons in political crosshairs following cut to employee benefits, perksBy Marcel Vander Wier02/01/2018|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2018Protesters gathered at several Tim Hortons locations in Ontario in January after word spread that some franchisees were making cuts to employee benefits after the minimum wage hike. Credit: Ontario Federation of Labour Many cries of “Happy New Year!” in Ontario turned into chants railing against the country’s iconic coffee chain following Tim Hortons’ response to a legislated 21 per cent rise in minimum wage in the province.On Jan. 1, the rate jumped from $11.40 to $14 per hour — the highest in Canada — as part of a climb to $15 per hour by 2019. In response, some Tim Hortons franchisees cut paid breaks and restructured medical benefits in an effort to reduce the financial impact. This led to a public dispute between Premier Kathleen Wynne and children of the chain’s co-founder, with Ontario’s top politician accusing the franchisees of bullying. The province then announced it would be hiring 175 employment standards officers to ensure businesses are abiding by the new regulations. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.