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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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Annotated Rules of Procedure

This resource from the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), provides coverage of significant case law that relates to the Board’s Rules. The Annotated Rules of Procedure include what the OLRB believe to be the key cases, where cases exist, for each rule.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Contact your employer before you file your ESA claim

Are you working in Ontario? Does your employer owe you money? You can file a claim with the Ontario Ministry of Labour under the Employment Standards Act (ESA). This article explains the 4 steps you must follow to file an Employment Standards claim.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Do you know what your rights are? Occupational Health And Safety Act

This factsheet has information on the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), who is covered by OHSA, workers’ rights and responsibilities with regard to OHSA, the right to training and information about OHSA, the right to refuse unsafe work, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Duty of Fair Representation Applications

This Information Bulletin describes how the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) handles applications by employees who complain that they have not been properly represented by their union. Topics include:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Getting legal help: A Directory of Community Legal Clinics in Ontario

This booklet explains the legal services that Legal Aid Ontario provides to people with low incomes. It includes a directory of the community legal clinics and specialty legal clinics in Ontario.

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Have you been fired or laid off?

This booklet is about the legal rights under the Employment Standards Act of workers who have been fired or laid off. It covers topics such as minimum notice periods, termination pay and severance pay, and making a claim against an employer.

Available in:

English, Français, Korean

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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The difference between an employee and independent contractor

This information on the Province of Ontario website explains the difference between an employee and an independent contractor in Ontario and what you’re entitled to under the Employment Standards Act.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Guides

These guides on the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario website are designed to help you understand and access the HRTO’s dispute resolution process:

  • Applicant’s Guide
  • Respondent’s Guide
  • A Guide to Mediation at Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (PDF | HTML)
  • Guide to Preparing for a Hearing Before the HRTO

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Your rights at work

This booklet explains a worker’s legal rights under the Employment Standards Act regarding hours of work and pay, overtime, breaks, holidays and vacations, and emergency leave. It also has information about how to make a claim against an employer.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018