TORONTO—A digital self-audit tool to help employers audit their compliance with the Employment Standards Act (ESA) will be introduced by the Ontario government to make it easier for businesses to comply with the act and pay workers faster.
Prior to the announcement, ESA-related inspections involved Employment Standards Officers visiting the business during peak hours, questioning the employer and auditing paper records, explains a release issued by the Ministry of Labour (MOL).
With the new tool, the MOL will be able to send an employer a link to an online portal where the employer can easily enter payroll information, submit their audit results and confirm compliance.
The digital tool has many benefits including:
Getting unpaid wages into the hands of workers faster, and without the necessity of a claim;
saving time and money for Ontario’s job creators; and
supports the government’s commitment to a modern, efficient government and allows the MOL to focus enforcement on the real offenders.
“Bringing my Ministry into the 21st century is an important step in building a dynamic labour market in Ontario,” said Minister of Labour Laurie Scott in a statement. “The digital self-audit tool gives job creators a simple, easy and convenient way to demonstrate they follow the rules.”