New Federal AMPs for Wage and Other Labour Standards Violations
The cost of being cited for labour standards offences has just gone up.
The price of committing hours, minimum wage, overtime, vacations, holidays and other Canada Labour Code labour standards violations has gone up. Effective January 1, 2021, federally regulated employers cited for these offences now face the prospect of administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) of up to $25,000 per violation. Here’s a quick overview of what HR directors need to know.
What AMPs Are
AMPs are like traffic tickets that enforcement officials can hand out in addition to shutdown orders and fines. They’re more commonly associated with OHS and environmental laws, but 7 jurisdictions (FED, AB, BC, MB, NB, ON, YK) also impose them for employment standards violations.
HR directors of federally regulated organizations should brief their execs on the new AMPs and let them know that corporate officers, directors and other individuals who “directed, authorized, assented, acquiesced in or participated in” the violation can be held personally liable for AMPs.
AMP amount: The baseline AMP depends on the type of offence and who commits it (as illustrated by the table below); the baseline amount can then be multiplied if the violator committed a previous offence within the past 5 years, depending on the type of offence:
New Federal AMPs for Employment Standards Offences
|Type of Offence||Description
|Individual||Small Business||Large Business or Department|
|A||Administrative or technical||$200||$500||$5,000|
|B||Related to calculation + payment of wages||$500||$1,500||$6,000|
|C||Related to leave or other requirements which could have an impact on financial security or health and safety||$1,000||$3,000||$12,000|
|D||Related to the employment + protection of employees under age 17||$2,000||$7,000||$25,000|
And it’s not just about money. The new federal rules leverage embarrassment as an enforcement mechanism by authorizing the MOL to publish the names of offenders, the size of the AMPs they get and the violations they committed. Clearly, this is the kind of public relations that no organization could ever want.