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Do you know what your rights are? Employment Standards Act

This factsheet has information on minimum wages, hours of work, pay for overtime, holidays, and vacation, deductions from pay, personal emergency leave, and termination.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Industries and Jobs with Exemptions or Special Rules

This guide is designed to explain which parts of an industry or job are not covered by the Employment Standards Act or are covered by special rules that change how some parts of the act apply.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Lie Detector Tests

This is information from the Ontario Ministry of Labour that discusses an employee’s right to refuse a lie detector test. It covers prohibition of testing, an employee’s right to refuse, disclosure, and use of lie dectectors by the police.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Ontario Ministry of Labour Videos and Photos

This section of the Ministry of Labour’s website has links to Employment Standards and Health and Safety videos and photos, as well as the Ministry’s Ontario at Work channels on YouTube.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Protecting Employees

This resource explains how the Employment Standards Act protects workers in Ontario. It answers questions such as, 

  • My employer says I am not covered under the ESA. Is this true?
  • What are my rights?
  • I was punished for asking for my rights. What can I do? 

and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Severance Pay

Severance pay is compensation that is paid to a qualified employee who has his or her employment “severed.” It compensates an employee for losses (such as loss of seniority) that occur when a long-term employee loses his or her job. This resource includes these topics:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Workershelp.ca

This website has a toll-free phone number and a “get help” form for free assistance finding information on your employment rights. You can also browse the website to see how workers can ensure just treatment at work.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

CWA/SCA Canada

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Your Rights at Work: An Action Guide for Fair Employment

This booklet explains how workers can protect and assert their rights and what to do if their rights are violated. Topics covered include starting a new job, wages, hours of work, leaves and time off, injuries at work, termination, discrimination and harassment, and more.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Workers' Action Centre

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Employment Law Basics for Entrepreneurs

This video provides a brief overview of employment law for Ontarians who own businesses with employees.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Pro Bono Ontario

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Federally Regulated Businesses and Industries

About six percent of Canadian workers are employed by businesses and industries regulated by the Canada Labour Code. This web site has a list of those businesses and industries, a link to the Code, and links to sites where there is information about provincially-regulated businesses and industries.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018