Labour Standards Officer 3



Competition # : 40385 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 02-Oct-23 ​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Labour Standards Division is responsible for the Labour Standards Code and related regulations, which establish the basic rights and responsibilities of provincially regulated employers and workers in Nova Scotia.  The legislation provides a dispute resolution mechanism and enforcement tools for addressing complaints under the Code and establishes licensing and registration requirements in relation to the recruitment and hiring of foreign workers.


We help people understand and comply with our legislation and provide a fair, accessible and responsive dispute resolution system.


We know our work can be challenging and often deals with people in difficult situations − we strive to create a welcoming, respectful, safe, supportive, and inclusive workplace culture.


About Our Opportunity


As a Labour Standards Officer 3, you support the work of the Labour Standards Division by helping people understand and comply with our legislation.  You help parties settle their disputes and you investigate and adjudicate complex complaints and recruiter licence and employer registration applications following applicable policies and procedures.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Effectively manage a caseload of complex files ensuring service targets are met.
  • Facilitate the settlement of disputes between parties using conflict resolution and mediation skills.
  • Conduct thorough investigations in an impartial, fair and timely manner.
  • Make findings of fact and legal findings and issue written reasoned decisions
  • Enforce decisions through collection activity when necessary.
  • Inspect payroll records to assess compliance with the Labour Standards Code and regulations and work with employers to help them understand and comply with the legislation.
  • Deliver presentations on Labour Standards to diverse groups.


Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role you have a bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience.  An acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.


You bring experience interpreting and applying legislation, regulations and/or policy.  You possess effective communication skills (written and verbal), you have proven conflict resolution skills and experience conducting complex investigations in a fair, impartial and timely manner.  You have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills and do excellent written analytical work.  You value working in an environment that is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


You demonstrate strong attention to detail and have excellent organizational and time management skills and proven experience effectively managing a busy caseload of files. You work well independently, and in team environments you apply the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion to all areas of your work and support your colleagues to do the same. You have strong interpersonal and relationship building skills and can build productive relationships with others. You are flexible and adaptable with your work.


You are proficient using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and use these tools to help you work more efficiently.


Assets considered for this position:

  • You have a law degree. 
  • As well as being fluent in English, you are fluent in another language such as Spanish or French.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.




Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.


Working Conditions

1.    This position may occasionally be required to travel to do inspections and presentations.
2.    A valid driver’s licence and the ability to travel within the province is required. 


Additional Information

You are encouraged to submit a cover letter with your application clearly outlining your qualifications for this position.  Failure to do so may result in your application being screened out.  

This competition is filling both a Permanent position and a term position. The Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of March 31, 2025. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career
  • Engaging workplace: our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies
  • Countless career paths
  • Department specific flexible working schedules



Pay Grade:  PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,746.69 - $3,348.16 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to