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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

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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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I was terminated. Do I have to sign a release?

In this article, two human resources professionals explain the purpose of a release, what incentives an employer may offer in exchange for signing, and what employees may give up if they sign a release.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

The Globe and Mail

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Ontario Bar Association Videos

This series of online videos from the Ontario Bar Association were developed with the goal of raising awareness and understanding of the justice system in Ontario Topics include:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Video

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 ins and outs of job severance

This Globe and Mail article explores some common misconceptions regarding severance and the law of dismissal.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

The Globe and Mail

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Your Rights @Work

This page on the Ministry of Labour website is for young workers (ages 15 to 24) to acquaint them with their rights at work. Topics it covers are Payday; Getting Paid; Working Time, Rest and Eating periods; Overtime; Public Holidays; and If You Lose Your Job. It features a list of The Employment Standards Top Ten issues, and Workplace Warning Signs.

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

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Employment Standards Labour Topics and Publications

This website has information about finding the Ministry of Labour’s wide selection of Employment Standards publications by topic or by browsing their publication list. It also tells how to find their information in other languages and in accessible formats.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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eText on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law

This electronic resource explains the law on hundreds of employment-related topics and provides commentary on leading decisions of courts and labour tribunals. Each heading is followed by a discussion and case summaries, with links to complete texts.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017