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.
A "lie detector test" means an analysis, examination, interrogation or test that is taken or performed by means of a machine and is used to assess a person's credibility.
For the purposes of the lie detector provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA):
"Employer" also includes a prospective employer and a police governing body.
"Employee" also includes an applicant for employment, a police officer and a person who is applying to be a police officer.
It is against the law for an employer or anyone on behalf of an employer to directly or indirectly require, request, enable or influence an employee to take a lie detector test.
An employee has the right:
No one may disclose to an employer that an employee has taken a lie detector test, and no one can disclose to an employer the results of a lie detector test taken by an employee.
Nothing in this part of the ESA prevents a person from:
if the test is administered on behalf of a police force in Ontario or by a member of a police force in Ontario in the course of the investigation of an offence.
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