HOURS OF WORK AND BREAKS

QUESTION: I have a fairly labour intensive job.  I usually get a half hour lunch in every 8-hour shift. For production scheduling reasons, my employer has recently told me that instead of one 2 hour break in the middle of my shift, I must move to 2 breaks; one break of 10 minutes after 2 hours and another break of 20 minutes after 3 hours.  I don't like it.  Do I have to do it?
 

BANKRUPTCY AND OUTSTANDING WAGES - WHAT TO DO

QUESTION: I have worked for a company for the last 10 years and the company is presently in dire financial circumstances.  Our pay cheques have been late a few times and it seems like the bank may foreclose at any minute.  Right now, I am owed an unpaid guaranteed bonus that was due 2 months ago as well as 3 weeks of outstanding vacation pay.  If the company goes bankrupt, how can I get this money?
 

MINISTRY OF LABOUR MAY GIVE MISLEADING ADVICE REGARDING LEGALITY OF LAYOFF

QUESTION:   After 14 years of continuous service, last week I received a notice from my employer that I was going to be “temporarily laid off” starting in a few weeks. I have never been laid off in the past and no one has even suggested that it was a possibility. Do I have to just sit around and wait for them to call me back or have I been fired?
 

MINIMUM WAGE AND THE EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT

QUESTION:    It seems like I have been waitering for half my life.  Finally I am getting around to asking a few questions.  Is it true that waiters have a lower minimum wage than everyone else?  In addition, my employer often schedules me for a four hour shift and then sends me home after an hour if it is not busy.  Shouldn’t he have to pay me for the four hours I was scheduled for?
 

EMPLOYEES MUST ABIDE CLEAR WRITTEN POLICIES

A man we will call Greg started working at an automotive manufacturing plant in Oakville in 1994.  In the fall of 2000 he learned that his father in India had passed away.  He went into work and filled out a form called a "Personal Leave of Absence Request".  He indicated on the form that he would be  beginning the leave that day and returning in "4-5 weeks".  Greg indicated the reason for the leave and left the form on his supervisors desk before going home and catching an airplane for India.  He had spoken to his supervisor about the death of his father and so the request for a leave of absence was not a surprise.