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If a complaint is received, an investigation may occur to resolve the complaint either through voluntary settlement or through enforcement action. Employers are legally required to pay judgments against them and support is available to employees to collect what they are owed. Audits and inspections may occur at any time to check if employers are following the rules. Failure to comply with the Employment Standards Code or Regulation may lead to penalties and prosecution.


Employment Standards may request an audit to review an employer’s records to see if they’ve been compliant with the minimum standards.

Employment Standards works with employers and employees to ensure compliance with the rules.

Inspections may be conducted by Employment Standards to check if employers are following the rules.

If an employer fails to pay an order issued by Employment Standards, employees have options to try to collect what they’re owed.

Employers who don’t meet the minimum employment standards or fail to comply with an enforcement action may face additional penalties.

Information is posted about corporate directors of a company that are liable for payment of wages owed to an employee.

Information is posted about employers with unpaid administrative penalties.

Information is posted about employers with unsatisfied judgments against them in Alberta Courts for contravening employment standards.

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