The Canadian Labour Board was established to provide protections for workers across the country. However, it is important for businesses to understand when, where, why, and how they need to be compliant. The intention is for companies to remain informed and for these protections to be enforced through education and awareness. However, when a company is non-compliant additional steps need to be taken.
5 Actions that can be Taken Against Canadian Businesses that do not Enforce the Labour Standards
- The assurance of voluntary compliance. An employer found in violation may provide written notice to the board that they will ensure compliance moving forward and any corrections will be a made within a specified time frame.
- The letter of determination. The Labour Board may also submit a letter of determination to the noncompliant company with a request to correct any issues. They may also need to pay wages or fines owed immediately and immediately implement changes in workplace policy that comply with the standards.
- The payment order. When an organization refuses to pay the money owed to an employee the Labour Board can issue a payment order to the corporation. This order is enforceable on the judicial level. These can also be issued to a third party who is indebted to the employer.
- The appeal process. An employer who has received a notification of a payment order has the right to appeal. However, when the order is received by a debtor of the company it cannot be appealed.
- The court action. If any of these steps are not followed or a company continues with violations in spite of awareness, the Labour Board may file a court action to prosecute the corporation.
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