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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/03/2008

Feds protect workers’ wages

Ottawa — The federal Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) has officially launched, offering immediate payment of lost wages and vacation pay owed to workers for up to six months before their employer declared bankruptcy. The federal program will pay workers up to $3,162 and seek to recover the money from the bankrupt employer. Over time, the amount workers can recover will rise, indexed to inflation. “We made (the government) see the reality that faced 20,000 workers each year when their employers declared bankruptcy,” said Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.