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April 5, 2012
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Employers should be aware of requirements under the Employment Standards Act

Environment, Labour and Justice

Labour officials in Prince Edward Island are concerned about reports that some gasoline retailers may be telling employees that their pay will be deducted for losses resulting from customers who drive off without paying for gas.

“We would like to remind employers that the PEI Employment Standards Act prevents any employer, including a gasoline retailer, from deducting an employee’s pay if a customer fails to pay for a product or service,” says Faye Martin, who oversees the Labour and Industrial Relations section for the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice. “In fact, it is prohibited under the Act, even if an employee agrees to having these types of losses deducted from his or her pay.”

The Employment Standards Act ensures that all employers follow minimum standards when setting employment conditions. The Act establishes employee entitlements with respect to payment of wages, vacation pay, statutory holidays, notice of termination, minimum wage rates, overtime pay, as well as maternity and parental leave protection.

Employers or employees who have questions about the Employment Standards Act should contact the Employment Standards Branch at Tel: (902) 368-5550 or toll free at 1(800) 333-4362, Fax: (902) 368-5476 or visit

Media Contact: Joanne MacKinnon
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