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A Primer on Probationary Periods

Recorded on November 30, 2016 (41 minutes): Are you new in your job? Do you work with or represent the newly employed? Have you or someone you know, ever been terminated during a probationary period? This webinar covers the basic, but often poorly understood, rules around probationary periods. What constitutes a probationary period? Can the employer extend a probationary period?

Available in:

English

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Employment Standards Act: Minimum age

This resource looks at what the minimum age requirements are for certain industries and workplaces under the Employment Standards Act (ESA), what other age restrictions there are besides those of the ESA, and what happens if your employer doesn’t follow the ESA. There is also a link to the Employment Standards Act, 2000.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Hiring for your small business

This resource lists issues that small business employers should keep in mind when hiring. It can help employers protect their interests, prevent problems, and avoid mistakes. It is part of the Canadian Bar Association’s Reaching Equal Justice initiative, which provides tools and checklists to help avoid legal problems or prevent them from becoming worse.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

Migrant Worker Guide – Agricultural Stream

This guide is for people in the Agricultural Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Ontario. It’s meant to help workers learn about their rights and what services are available to them in Ontario. Workers can also find out about topics such as employment, housing, health, everyday life, work permits, and legal rights.

Available in:

English, Français, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Thai

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

Migrant Worker Guide – Caregiver Stream

This guide is for people in the Caregiver Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Ontario. It’s meant to help workers learn about their rights, services available to them in Ontario, employment, housing, health, everyday life, and work permits. 

Available in:

English, Français, Chinese, Tagalog/Filipino

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Migrant Worker Guide – Low and High Skilled Streams

This guide is for people in the Low and High Skilled Streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Ontario. It’s meant to help workers learn about their rights and what services are available to them in Ontario. Workers can also find out about topics such as employment, housing, health, everyday life, work permits, and legal rights.

Available in:

English, Français, Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

Migrant Worker Guide – Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) Stream

This guide is for people in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Ontario. It’s meant to help workers learn about their rights, what services are available to them in Ontario, employment, housing, health, everyday life, work permits, and legal rights.

Available in:

English, Français, Spanish

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Ministry of Labour multilingual portal

This web site has links to information in a number of languages about working in Ontario, on topics such as employment rights, filing a claim, and how employees are protected. Users can search for information by topic or by language.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Non-unionized employees

This card offers a checklist of issues to keep in mind when working as a non-unionized employee.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Are Unpaid Internships Legal in Ontario?

When are you an employee and entitled to Employment Standards rights and when can you work as an intern for no pay? This resource from the Ontario Ministry of Labour answers these questions and tells you where you can get further information.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014