Keeping shoddy records is asking for trouble

Employers cause themselves, employees grief by not maintaining proper records
By Natalie C. MacDonald
|CHRR, Guide to Payroll|Last Updated: 09/13/2004

When it comes to keeping records, employers can learn a lot from pack rats. Justice Rowe of the Tax Court of Canada summarized the unfortunate predicament in which many employers may find themselves if they fail to keep proper records.

“Many employers are causing themselves — and, more significantly, their employees — unnecessary grief by not maintaining proper records and otherwise failing to comply with applicable labour standards by refusing to pay workers promptly in accordance with those requirements,” he said.

Federal and provincial law puts the onus on employers for keeping and maintaining proper records. Failure to do so may result in liability for the employer, as was the case in one decision by an employment standards officer.