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Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act, 2000

  • Revised: November 21, 2014
  • Content last reviewed: November 2014

This guide is provided for your information and convenience only. It is not a legal document. For complete information, refer to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and its regulations.

This guide provides information about the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and regulations. The information is current as of its copyright date. This guide revises the information contained in all previous versions.

The Ministry of Labour reserves the right to revise this information without advance notice. Revisions will be included in the next guide update. In addition, new information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the Ministry's website at Ontario.ca/employmentstandards.

The guide is for your information and convenience only. It is not a legal document. For further information and exact wording, please see the ESA and regulations. A Policy and Interpretation Manual is also available for those who wish to have more detailed information about the application of the ESA. To order, call Carswell at 1-800-387-5164 or email orders@carswell.com.

If you have any questions about the ESA or are concerned that the ESA is not being complied with, please call the Employment Standards Information Centre at 1-800-531-5551 to discuss a particular situation or for information on how to file a complaint.

This guide uses examples to help provide a better understanding of the ESA. All personal and business names, characters, places and incidents used in these examples are fictitious.

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