The Labour Standards Act is designed to provide protection to individual workers while requiring employers to establish conditions of employment that meet at least the legislated minimum standards for their employees.
The Division also administers the Shop's Closing Act, which sets the observance of holidays when shops must be closed.
Labour Standards Officers visit workplaces to informally meet with employers and employees to discuss their rights and responsibilities pursuant to provincial legislation. These visits may be random or may target certain employers or industry sectors where non-compliance is evident.
A Labour Standards Officer can provide assistance in facilitating a resolution to workplace disputes in a timely and efficient manner. This is achieved through education and/or mediation with the principle parties, without requiring complex and protracted investigations.
When employees believe they have received less than minimum employment standards and are unable to resolve the matter with their employer, Labour Standards staff will investigate the matter upon receipt of a written complaint. Employees who wish to file a complaint must do so within 6 months of their employment termination date.
Labour Standards staff provides awareness seminars and presentations to provide participants with a better understanding of the rights and obligations of employers and employees under the Labour Standards Act and Regulations.
Labour Standards staff is available to provide interpretation and address enquiries of the rights and responsibilities related to a broad range of employment issues and can be contacted at:
Toll free: 1-877-563-1063
St. John's Office: (709) 729-2742
Corner Brook Office: (709) 637-2367