Ontario employment standards puts focus on good record-keeping

New rules in place for Ontario employees making claims for unpaid wage
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 03/05/2015

With new rules now in effect in Ontario for employees making claims for unpaid wages, now is a good time for payroll departments to review practises and record-keeping policies to make sure they are solid, advises an employment law lawyer.

On Feb. 20, the provincial government implemented amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, that remove a previous cap of $10,000 on the amount of unpaid wages an employee could recover through Employment Standards. They also increase the time limit for employees to recover wages from six months to two years. The changes apply to unpaid wages that become due on or after Feb. 20, 2015.

Carl Cunningham, a management-side employment lawyer at the law firm Bennett Jones in Toronto, says the changes, combined with other amendments such as those requiring employer self-audits, mean employers and payroll departments are going to have to pay even more attention to employment standards rules.