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Version of section 251.1 from 2019-04-01 to 2020-07-28:


Marginal note:Payment order

  •  (1) Where an inspector finds that an employer has not paid an employee wages or other amounts to which the employee is entitled under this Part, the inspector may issue a written payment order to the employer, or, subject to section 251.18, to a director of a corporation referred to in that section, ordering the employer or director to pay the amount in question, and the inspector shall send a copy of any such payment order to the employee at the employee’s latest known address.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (1.1) A payment order must not relate to wages or other amounts to which the employee is entitled for the period preceding

    • (a) in the case where the employee made a complaint under subsection 251.01(1) that was not rejected under subsection 251.05(1), the 24 months, plus any extension of the period for making the complaint that is granted by the Minister under subsection 251.01(3), immediately before the day on which the complaint was made or, if there was a termination of employment prior to the complaint being made, the 24 months immediately before the date of termination;

    • (a.1) in the case where the payment order was issued to the employer on the basis of, in whole or in part, a report provided under subsection 251.001(1), the 24 months immediately before the day on which the order to provide the report was served; and

    • (b) in any other case, the 24 months immediately before the day on which an inspection under this Part, during the course of which the inspector made the finding referred to in subsection (1), began.

  • (1.2) [Repealed, 2017, c. 20, s. 361]

  • Marginal note:Complaint unfounded

    (2) An inspector dealing with a complaint of non-payment of wages or other amounts to which an employee is entitled under this Part shall notify the employee in writing that their complaint is unfounded if the inspector concludes that the employer has paid to the employee all wages and other amounts to which the employee is entitled under this Part for the period of six months, plus any extension of the period for making the complaint that is granted by the Minister under subsection 251.01(3), immediately before the day on which the complaint was made.

  • Marginal note:Notice of voluntary compliance

    (2.1) An inspector dealing with a complaint of non-payment of wages or other amounts to which an employee is entitled under this Part shall notify the employee in writing that the employer has voluntarily paid to the employee all wages and other amounts owing if

    • (a) the inspector concludes that the employer has, since the complaint was made, paid to the employee all wages and other amounts owing for the period of 24 months, plus any extension of the period for making the complaint that is granted by the Minister under subsection 251.01(3), immediately before the day on which the complaint was made and for any subsequent period specified by the inspector; and

    • (b) the inspector has not issued a payment order or a notice of unfounded complaint with respect to the complaint.

  • Marginal note:Service of order or notice

    (3) Service of a payment order or a copy of it, of a notice of unfounded complaint, or of a notice of voluntary compliance shall be by personal service, by registered mail or by any other means prescribed by regulation and, in the case of registered mail, the order, copy or notice shall be deemed to have been received by the addressee on the seventh day after the day on which it was mailed.

  • Marginal note:Proof of service

    (4) A certificate purporting to be signed by the Minister certifying that a document referred to in subsection (3) was sent by registered mail or by any other means prescribed by regulation to the addressee, accompanied by a true copy of the document and by an identifying post office certificate of the registration or other proof, prescribed by regulation, that the document has been sent or received, is admissible in evidence and is proof of the statements contained in the certificate, without proof of the signature or official character of the person appearing to have signed the certificate.

  • 1993, c. 42, s. 37
  • 2012, c. 31, s. 224
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 361
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