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Ottawa, Mar 27 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made this morning that Ontario is introducing a new digital self-audit tool to replace slow and cumbersome paper audits to facilitate employers to audit their compliance with the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and pay workers faster, median reports said.
"The digital self-audit tool gives job creators a simple, easy and convenient way to demonstrate they follow the rules," Laurie Scott, Ontario Minister of Labour said.
Laurie Scott. Image credit: Facebook page
Prior to today's announcement, ESA-related inspections involved Employment Standards Officers (ESO) visiting the business during peak hours, questioning the employer and auditing paper records.
2,348 paper audits of Ontario employers were conducted in 2018 the Ministry of Labour
From today onwards, the Ministry of Labour will be able to send an a link to an online portal ewho can then easily enter payroll information, submit their audit results and confirm compliance.
The digital self-audit tool will get unpaid wages into the hands of workers faster without claiming it, would saves time and money for Ontario's job creators and allows the Ministry of Labour to focus enforcement on the real offenders.
"I am committed to fair and competitive labour and employment regulation in Ontario. Our government is making Ontario Open for Business to create the jobs of today and tomorrow, while maintaining rules that keep Ontario workplaces safe and fair," said Scott.
The new solution has been rolled out to all ESOs across the province after it was successfully piloted in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) this summer at companies with fewer than 25 employees.