This workbook has been prepared to assist employers and employees in understanding some of their obligations and rights under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and its regulations. It does not take the place of the ESA and its regulations and it should not be considered to offer any legal advice on your particular situation.
This Workbook is a tool designed to help Ontario employers and employees understand and comply with the Employment Standards Act (ESA), which sets out minimum standards that workplace parties have to follow.
Thousands of employment standards claims are filed each year. Some of these complaints result in hundreds of businesses being prosecuted each year in Ontario.
If an employee files an employment standards claim against an employer, the employer will receive a notice from the Ministry of Labour. Sometimes a claim can be settled without an investigation. This Workbook may help both employers and employees understand whether a claim is valid and determine the best way to resolve it.
The Employment Standards Program conducts proactive inspections. Businesses are selected using various methods, such as randomly, or based on sector or past claims history, etc. If a violation is found, a variety of enforcement tools may be issued such as: a Compliance Order, a Notice of Contravention or an Order to Pay; there could also be a Certificate of Offence issued or other prosecution initiated under the Provincial Offences Act. The inspection will generally include a review of the employer’s payroll records, and interviews with the employer and a number of employees.
The Workbook has been designed with a busy person in mind – you! It addresses some of the core standards that make up the Employment Standards Act (ESA). The Workbook presents the information in a clear and understandable way for easy reading.
However, the Workbook does not cover every obligation and right found in the ESA and its regulations. Consulting Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 will provide you with more complete information on these topics.
Questions? Call the Employment Standards Call Centre at 1-800-531-5551