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What You Should Know About the Employment Standards Act

This one-page poster provides a summary of some rights and responsibilities under the Employment Standards Act. It has brief, basic information on hours of work, rest periods, overtime pay, minimum wage, paydays, vacation time and pay, public holidays, leaves of absence, and termination notice and pay.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese

Format:

Poster, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Workers’ Action Centre resources

The Workers’ Action Centre has legal information in a number of languages on topics related to workers’ rights.

Available in:

English, Bengali, Chinese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tamil

Produced by:

Workers' Action Centre

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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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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Public holidays

This is a list of the public holidays observed in Ontario and the rules about how employees are paid for these holidays and the kind of work eligible for the public holiday entitlement. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

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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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