My employer has run out of money and was unable to pay me what was due on my latest regular pay date. It has been over a week and my employer has informed me that it is not known when my overdue pay (or any future pay) will be received by me.
I have used government forms for the Ontario Ministry of Labour to inform my employer that he has violated the law by paying me late and needs to pay me the outstanding balance within 10 days or I might use the option to file a claim with the Ontario Ministry of Labour about my overdue wages, see the forms at the very bottom of the page:
Upon receiving the forms my employer has reiterated that the funds to pay my wages are not available. When I suggested that I should be officially laid off until such a time as my wages could be paid on time, my employer stated that they would not lay me off. I am unable to resign since that would disqualify me from receiving EI benefits (unlike a layoff where I could receive full EI benefits).
I am behind in my bills because my pay is late. If my employer refuses to pay my wages but refuses to lay me off so I can collect EI what should I do?