As an employer, you are responsible for:
- Registration with the Government of Saskatchewan’s Employer Engagement Unit, except:
- When hiring foreign nationals who hold open work permits; or
- When the employer is an agency of a foreign government (e.g., diplomatic posts).
- To pay all costs of hiring foreign workers, including recruiter costs; and
- Making sure the recruiters and immigration consultants you hire are licensed.
You can recommend an immigration consultant to a foreign worker, but your worker is free to choose their own immigration consultant. They can also choose to complete the immigration process without a consultant.
As an employer, you can’t:
- Give misleading or incorrect information about the job opportunity, the services being provided by consultants, or any other part of the recruitment process;
- Take the passport, work permit, or any other legal document or personal property of the foreign worker;
- Threaten to have the foreign worker deported;
- Communicate with the foreign worker‘s family members, relatives or friends if asked not to; or
- Threaten to take action against a foreign worker for making a complaint or for participating in an investigation by government or law enforcement.
Employers who violate the Act can:
- Face fines of:
- up to $50,000 for an individual; and
- $100,000 for a company.
- Face up to one-year in jail, in extreme cases.