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Employment Standards Tools and Resources

  • Issued: April 4, 2013
  • Content last reviewed: May 2015


A law called the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) sets minimum standards for things like pay, hours of work and time off. This law applies to most employers and employees in Ontario.

The Ministry of Labour has a variety of resources to help you understand these rights and responsibilities

Tools and Calculators

Special Rule Tool

While most employees in Ontario are covered by the ESA, exemptions and special rules apply in certain circumstances. Use this tool to find out whether these special rules and exemptions apply.

Hours of Work and Overtime Tool

This tool has helpful tutorials and calculators to help you understand hours of work and overtime rules under the ESA.

Public Holiday Pay Calculator

Use this tool to better understand who qualifies and how to calculate public holiday pay.

Severance Tool

After a job loss, some employees may qualify for severance pay. Use this tool to understand who qualifies and to calculate severance pay.

Termination Tool

Employees may qualify for termination pay after a job loss. Use this tool to learn about who qualifies and calculate notice of termination and termination pay.

Pay Calculator Tool

This tool features eight worksheets that you can use to calculate the amount of pay you may be owed prior to submitting an employment standards claim with the Ministry of Labour.

Employment Standards Resources

Have you seen the Employment Standards Poster? Did you get your copy?

The Employment Standards Poster describes important rights and requirements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. The poster must be posted in the workplace where it is likely that employees will see it. Employers are also required to give every employee a copy of the poster.

Need a guide?

Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 offers detailed information about employment standards and guides you through specific rules and how they work.

Looking for a form?

Claim Form

Employees who want the Employment Standards Program to investigate whether their rights under the ESA have been violated must file a claim using this claim form.

For this and other forms such as the Form 1 Notice of Termination, Application for Hours of Work and Averaging Hours and more visit:

Multilingual Resources

The Ministry of Labour provides employment standards information in multiple languages. To access our online multilingual resources visit:

Have a question?

Call the Employment Standards Information Centre. Information is available in multiple languages.

416-326-7160 (Greater Toronto Area)
1-800-531-5551 (Toll-free)
1-866-567-8893 (TTY for hearing impaired)

Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help employees and employers understand some of the minimum rights and obligations established under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the ESA or regulations and reference should always be made to the official version of the legislation. Although we endeavor to ensure that the information in this resource is as current and accurate as possible, errors do occasionally occur. The ESA provides minimum standards only. Some employees may have greater rights under an employment contract, collective agreement, the common law or other legislation. Employers and employees may wish to obtain legal advice.