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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.

Preventative Services

Wilkens Health & Safety Solutions (WHSS) provides employment standards consulting services to all sectors. Why Choose Our Services?

  • Expertise: Our Human Resources consultant have more than 30 years combined experience in advising employers and employees with regards to their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act.
  • Relevance: Employment Standards issues should be addressed in all areas of a business’ management system and should not be a special “add on”.
  • Customized HR Solutions: WHSS will develop all necessary policies and procedures as part of the development of your Human Resources Manual. Each manual is customized to the client's specific workplace and needs.
By letting our WHSS team assist your business in developing the necessary policies, programs, and management practices, we can help your business avoid costly and time consuming investigations, and creates a strong foundation in your workplace. Being able to demonstrate your compliance strategies saves your business valuable financial resources and gives your business that competitive edge.

We've Had and Issue

Wilkens Health & Safety Solutions (WHSS) provides assistance to those businesses that have had the unfortunate experience of having:

  • Complaints and claims filed by current or previous employees;
  • Notices of contravention issued by the Ministry of Labour for various contraventions under the Employment Standards Act including:
    • compensation;
    • hours of work; and,
    • public holiday pay.
  • Tickets;
  • Prosecutions;
  • Collections agency involvement; and
  • Reprisal Complaints.
Non-compliance with the Employment Standards Act (ESA) can carry with it severe penalties, which can often cause a business to suffer great financial losses. A ticket issued during an inspection carries a fine of $365.00 to $1,000.00 per offence if the employer is convicted. Individual prosecutions under the Act are subject to a maximum fine of $50,000.00 and/or incarceration of up to 12 months. For those businesses that find themselves in a situation where a claim has been filed or a notice of inspection has been issued, we offer the following services:
  • Guidance with regards to any Employment Standards’ questions or claims.
  • Provide direction on how to prepare for an inspection/audit.
  • Full Employment Standards development, which will allow your workplace to comply with the Employment Standards Act.
By letting our team at WHSS assist your business in the development of a strategic solution to your non-compliance issue, we can help mitigate the negative impact. We can help your business grow from making reactive responses into proactive solutions.