Why are they important?
The MOL play an important role in making sure that workplaces are safe and in enforcing minimum employment standards such as hours of work, vacation pay, and the minimum wage.
They do this by carrying out inspections in the workplace as well as providing information and help to employers and employees about their workplace rights and obligations.
They also act on complaints and tips made by workers or members of the public.
It’s vital that all employers are aware of their legal duties and also the powers of the MOL. This includes visiting workplaces, asking for records and documents, and interviewing people in the workplace.
Failure to comply with an order or enforcement notice from the MOL can mean serious financial penalties as well as legal prosecution.