Changes to Employment Standards Act

Effective 1 January 2017, an employer must make and keep in Prince Edward Island, for a period of 36 months after work is performed by an employee, complete and accurate records pertaining to the employee. 

Pay records must include the following information:

1.    employees name, date of birth, address and social insurance number;
2.    wage rate;
3.    gross pay and net pay per pay period;
4.    hours worked in each day and week;
5.    deductions from gross earnings and the nature of each deduction;
6.    start and end date of employment;
7.    type of work performed by the employee;
8.    period of paid vacation or any vacation pay due to be paid to the employee;
9.    any paid holiday pay due or paid to the employee;
10.    number of overtime hours the employee has accumulated and used;
11.    period of a leave of absence and the reason for the absence; and
12.    dates of any suspensions, dismissals or layoffs including dates of all notices.

An employer who fails to keep records or keep them up to date and who fails to give information or provides false or misleading information to the inspector may be guilty of an offence and subject to penalties under Section 38 of the Act.


This information is meant to serve as a guide only.  The reader is strongly advised to consult the Employment Standards Act to view the legislation.  Where any difference exists between this information and the Act, the Act will be considered correct.
Published date: 
December 2, 2016
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