Canada Labour Code
Marginal note:Where underpayments found on inspection
251 (1) Where an inspector finds that an employer has failed to pay an employee any wages or other amounts to which the employee is entitled under this Part, the inspector may determine the difference between the wages or other amounts actually paid to the employee under this Part and the wages or other amounts to which the employee is entitled under this Part.
Marginal note:For greater certainty
(1.1) For greater certainty, the inspector may, when exercising the powers referred to in subsection (1), make any finding necessary to determine whether an employee is entitled to any wages or other amounts under this Part, including a finding that the employee was dismissed for just cause for the purposes of Division X or XI.
(1.2) If the employer fails to make or keep any record in respect of an employee that the employer is required to make or keep under this Part — or fails to allow the inspector to examine, take extracts from or make copies of such a record — the inspector may, when exercising the powers referred to in subsection (1), rely on any other available evidence.
Marginal note:Where amount of underpayment agreed to
(2) Where an inspector determines pursuant to subsection (1) that there is a difference between the wages or other amounts actually paid to an employee and the wages or other amounts to which the employee is entitled and the amount of that difference is agreed to in writing by the employee and his employer, the employer shall, within five days after the date of the agreement, pay the amount
(a) to the employee on the direction of the inspector; or
(b) to the Minister.
Marginal note:Where amount paid to Minister
(3) Where an employer pays the amount under subsection (2) to the Minister, the Minister shall, forthwith on receipt of the amount, pay it over to the employee who, pursuant to subsection (2), is entitled to the amount.
Marginal note:Minister’s consent required for prosecution
(4) No prosecution for failure to pay an employee the wages or other amounts to which the employee was entitled under this Part shall, without the written consent of the Minister, be instituted against the employer when the employer has made payment of any amount of difference in wages or other amounts in accordance with subsection (2).
- R.S., 1985, c. L-2, s. 251
- 1993, c. 42, s. 36
- 2017, c. 20, s. 357
- 2018, c. 27, s. 507
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