Amendments to Canada Labour Code Part III (Standard Hours, Wages, Vacations and Holidays) now in force

  • June 30, 2014

Some amendments to Part III of the Canada Labour Code in the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 came into effect on April 1, 2014. 

Here are the highlights of the key amendments:

  • Stipulates that vacation pay would have to be paid within thirty days following the day on which an employee ceased to be employed;
  • Formalizes the procedure for filing a Part III complaint with an inspector, including:
    • the time limits for making certain complaints under Part III; and
    • the reasons for which an inspector may dismiss a complaint;
  • Restricts the period which may be covered by payment orders.  In particular, a payment order for recovery of wages or other amounts is limited to a maximum period of 12 months before the date on which the complaint was made and to a maximum period of 24 months in the case of vacation pay;
  • Creates a review process with respect to an inspector's payment order or notice of unfounded complaint.
Details can be found in the Canada Gazette.