The Employment Standards Act, 2000, is a piece of legislation setting out the minimum standards that all employers who are governed by Ontario provincial laws must abide by.
Employees are encouraged to file a complaint with the Ministry of Labour, through the Employment Standards Act, for violations of the Act. These violations can include failing to pay overtime pay or vacation pay, failure to give rest and/or lunch breaks, or failure to pay wages.
That being said, employees should be very careful about making a complaint regarding an employer’s failure to pay termination and/or severance pay. In most situations, employees are entitled to far more notice than the minimum amounts that the Act allows for.
Prior to making a complaint through the Ministry of Labour, terminated employees should contact a qualified lawyer for advice regarding their specific situation.