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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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Eating Periods

This section of the Ministry of Labour website explains the rules around how often and how long a worker may take time off work to have a meal or a coffee break.

Available in:

English, Français

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

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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

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Your rights as a worker – PDF

This resource offers basic information about workers’ rights: what they are and who has them. It also includes information about discrimination, workplace accommodation, taking legal action, and where to get help.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Employment Standards in the Workplace

This fact sheet describes the categories in which minimum employment standards exist in Ontario and how these standards are enforced. There is information on filing claims under the Employment Standards Act and how to appeal a decision about a claim.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Pre-Employment Contracts

This resource provides information for employees about employment contracts, what they are, and how they affect workers, both during their employment and after their employment ends.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

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