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Time Limits For Wage Complaints Under The Canada Labour Code Effective April 1

The long-awaited proclamation of several important amendments to the Canada Labour Code (the Code), have finally been announced. On March 12, 2014, the Federal Government announced that April 1, 2014 will be the day that certain sections of the Jobs and Growth Act 2012 will come into force. The Jobs and Growth Act 2012, also known informally as Bill C-45, received Royal Assent in December 2012 as a means to implement parts of the 2012 Federal Budget.

Of particular note for employers in the federal jurisdiction is that the Bill C-45 amendments will establish precise time limits for complaints for unpaid wages and other alleged employment standards violations under Part III of the Code.

Currently under the Code, there is no time limit on the recovery of unpaid wages through payment orders and employers are at risk of a wage order that could extend back to an employee's hire date.

Once Bill C-45 comes into force, complaints for unpaid wages must abide by the following time limits (subj...

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