Employment Standards


As a business owner, you are expected to know and comply with all requirements under the Employment Standards Act. While the Human Resources requirements for the ESA can be time consuming for a busy business owners, we are here to help.

How can WHSS assist your business?

  • Provide your business with expert ‘one stop’ advice and guidance on all matters relating to the employment standards needs affecting your company.

  • Evaluate your existing human resources practices as they relate to the Employment Standards Legislation.

  • Develop new or modify existing programs to establish an effective human resources management system, unique to your business.

  • Train your management and human resources staff.

  • Prepare your workplace for an upcoming Ministry of Labour payroll inspection. 


Unsure how the Employment Standards Act Applies to You?

Today’s reality is:

  • The Ministry of Labour's Employment Standards Program is increasing its enforcement activities in the province.
  • The number of Payroll Audits and visits to all workplaces is increasing.
  • A Notice of Contravention, often discovered during a payroll audit carries a minimum penalty of $350 for the 1st notice and increases for any subsequent offences.
  • Employers and/or directors can be prosecuted under the Employment Standards Act and can be fined and/or imprisoned.


Some recent Prosecutions resulted in the following charges:

  • In November 2017, a company was charged $75,000 and the director of the company was charged $10,000 for failure to comply with an order to pay.

  • In October 2017, a company was charged $31,000 and the director of the company received a 15-day jail sentence for failure to comply with an order to pay.

See the full list of convictions here.